Tag Archive for opportunity

Clegg-Farage debate shows limits of using facts over stories

If Nick Clegg takes one lesson from the first debate against Nigel Farage into the BBC second leg next week, it should be to spend less time on "what the real facts show" and more time on anecdotes to illustrate his arguments, argues Sunder Katwala.

VIDEO: Achieving a fair deal on migration

A new video by the Institute for Public Policy Research sets out a series of new policy proposals regarding how the UK should approach immigration.

We ask politicians: can trust be restored on immigration?

Britain's political parties found common ground on the topic of immigration last night, all believing that the public trust in immigration policy can be restored provided public concerns are treated with respect, writes Henry Hill.

Public more confident that we can talk about immigration – new findings

The public are growing in confidence that we can and do talk about immigration, writes Sunder Katwala.

Britain great place for business, say migrant entrepreneurs

The United Kingdom is a great place to do business, and attracts enterprising people from all over the world, writes Henry Hill.

How young voters could transform this country’s politics

Engaging young people in the political system could have ramifications which are exciting, unexpected – and urgent, argues Henry Hill.

Public “sensible” on immigration PM tells British Future

Public attitudes on immigration are "sensible and well-informed” and the government needs to prove it takes them seriously, said Prime Minister David Cameron in response to a question posed by British Future’s Matthew Rhodes about the impact of immigration policy on the UK economic recovery.

People divided on prospects for 2014, “Britain’s Year of Identity”

People are three times more optimistic about the economy in 2014 than they have been for the past two years, according to new research released today by Ipsos MORI for British Future.

State of the Union – Scottish poll results

Polling conducted by Ipsos MORI for British Future’s annual State of the Nation survey reveals a year of divergent priorities for the home nations but an underlying confidence in the Union, writes Henry Hill.

Pragmatic public wants immigration mended, not ended

It shouldn’t come as surprise that people’s anxieties about immigration aren’t eliminated by being told it’s good for the economy, argues Sunder Katwala.

Foreign flavours, British farms: the future for UK agribusiness?

Plenty of our favourite “foreign” foods are now being produced in the UK, showing that not only are globalisation and immigration changing our palates, they’re changing our catering industry too, writes Jemimah Steinfeld.

Why national identity matters

2014 will be the Year of Identity, argues Sunder Katwala, director of British Future, in his Ralph Miliband memorial lecture at the London School of Economics. Addressing the theme ‘Is there a progressive case for national identity?’, Katwala looked at how identity will help to shape key choices about the future of the United Kingdom, Britain’s place in Europe, identity and immigration. Below is the full text of his lecture.

Yorkshire identity forged on the rugby field?

The issue of northern identity has resurfaced recently. Since the deindustrialisation of the 1980s – and with social mobility reversing at a disturbing rate over the last 30 years – the gap between north and south has grown bigger. With London’s rise as a political and cultural superpower, what are the chances today of another Eddie Waring breaking through and rising to the top, asks Anthony Clavane.

Employees see skilled migration as a workplace success story

The public is often portrayed as opposed to migration, and opinion polls do show it is a key issue for voters. But new research by NIESR, published today, finds that members of the public who work with migrants recognise the need for skilled migration. They also willingly acknowledge that they have benefited, writes Dr Heather Rolfe.

Has UK rolled out red carpet for foreign entrepreneurs?

Britain’s economic success and social mix has been built through the efforts, creativity and talent of migrant entrepreneurs. Given their ability to create wealth and jobs, David Cameron promised back in 2010 to reform the immigration rules to allow more foreign entrepreneurs to set up in the UK. The prime minister pledged to "put out the red carpet" for those with good business acumen through the Tier 1 route. But how well is it working asks Heather Rolfe.

Child of the NHS

I am a child of the NHS, which celebrates its 65th birthday this week. I took my first breath in an NHS hospital, like many millions of Britons. And, if it hadn’t been for the NHS, I wouldn’t have come to exist at all. I was born British, in a Yorkshire hospital, in the spring of 1974.

Thirty years earlier, my parents had been born some 4,000 miles apart. It was the NHS that brought them both to Britain, writes Sunder Katwala.

In UK, Chinese whispers need to become shouts

With the recent staging of Yellow Face at London's Park Theatre this summer, a spotlight was cast on the Chinese community in the UK. Yet beyond that the Chinese community remains largely hidden from our public conversation, with opinion formers talking of it as the "silent" community. Is that a sign of successful integration or of problems that go under the radar, asks Jemimah Steinfeld.

Leeds Big Bookend celebrates city’s rich cultural heritage

The Leeds Big Bookend brings together writers old and new and describes itself as a "rock festival for words." The most encouraging thing was the celebration of writers from the past, with the present and future being well represented too, reflects Matthew Rhodes on a fascinating weekend in his home town.

Incomers and castaways in the Inner Hebrides

It’s not difficult to understand what attracts people to rural Scotland, but for many, the west coast and the Hebrides have a special charm. Thanks to a mild climate and beautiful scenery, more English people choose to move to Argyll than any other part of Scotland. But despite the area's many positive attributes, establishing a permanent home there is not for everyone, explains Duncan Stewart Muir, who was brought up on the island of Islay.

Olympic legacy patchy but palpable in north-east

While the whole world flocked to London to witness the buzz of the Olympic summer 2012, north-east England felt somewhat excluded and not just in terms of geography. However, an Olympic legacy lives on, even if not as pronounced as hoped, writes Next Generation blogger Matilda Neill from Whitley Bay.