Should you have to 'earn' your right to use the NHS?

More NHS migrant charging proposals, although migrants pay more than average tax already, set a divisive new trend.

The constructive radical's guide to organisational change

Often, activists who are used to and ideologically committed to more horizontal forms of organising find themselves working for NGOs or charities with hierarchical structures. This guide provides some suggestions for how to constructively subvert these structures.

The many languages native to Britain

There are around seventeen languages native to the UK. Some are on the verge of extinction. Much more should be done to save them - starting, in some cases, with the basic step of recognising that they exist.

Caste as a colonial creation

The discussion around UK legislation on caste discrimination is too quick to forget how much it was Britain which invented the system in the first place.

The London evening train

A lonely train journey in London tells us much about life in the capital. Should we have a new academic field: anthropology of the train?

Criminal barristers strike in England and Wales

The British government insists that the cost of Legal Aid is spiralling out of control. The facts suggest otherwise. 

Beware of Islamism with a liberal veneer

A furore has broken out in the UK over whether it is permissable for public meetings on university campuses to be sexually segregated. In their claim to exercise this as a right Muslim fundamentalists are hypocritically exploting liberal principles they do not themselves adhere to.

The ignorance of the Lords on their caste legislation shows how redundant they are

A recent debate in the House of Lords on caste saw peers demonstrating a lack of understanding of key issues. What's the point in an unelected chamber if they don't even know what they are talking about?

On holiday

142 years after the passage of the Bank Holidays Act, the OurKingdom team are on vacation. Check out our highlights for the year, and we'll see you next year.

Media plurality - Schlosberg responds

The final installment of the conversation, here Justin Schlosberg responds to Rob Kenny's article.

The impact of a 20% media ownership cap – not so ‘minor’

Rob Kenny responds to Justin Schlosberg's article on media plurality published here.

Theresa May, citizenship and the power to make people stateless

Theresa May has already used her power to revoke citizenship to brutal effect. Now it is believed she wants to re-write the law so that she can make people stateless. The implications are worrying.

Still hideously white?

For the past four years, the former BBC network correspondent, Barnie Choudhury, has been researching why so few Black Minority Ethnic journalists ever make it to the highest echelons of the Corporation’s News division.

Canvassing for ‘None of the above’

Politicians are no longer middle class or working class. Rather, they are a political class. They form, or appear to form, a tight in-group from which millions of citizens feel excluded. What is the poor citizen to do?

Thoughts on 2013 - the turning point on female genital mutilation?

2013 was an appalling year in most respects, including the disastrous Immigration Bill and the continuing rise in anti-immigrant rhetoric. Yet on FGM we may come to see 2013 as the year when progress really began.

Media Plurality debate: new research models proposed ownership limits

Based on his latest research that examined civil society proposals for media plurality measures and models their suggested ownership limits against current market conditions, Justin Schlosberg of Birkbeck, University of London argues that such limits and thresholds could limit media power with minimal impact on the market. 

NHS regulations are unfair: they’ll stop us tax dodging!

The healthcare companies taking over NHS provision are lobbying regulators to allow their tax avoidance schemes to continue. 

Thoughts on 2013 - a slow motion train wreck

2013 was the year the true nature of this UK Coalition became visible: it hasn't the faintest idea how to mend the economy, and its austerity programme is becoming increasingly aggressive and distasteful. The UK is in a hole, and it's not clear how it's getting out.

Britain needs to invest in social and physical infrastructure

The Chancellor says he is investing in infrastructure. But the childcare he is cutting is a vital part of our social infrastructure, says Kat Wall. We should see that as an investment too, and extend it to all.

Hospital closure clause battle heats up today

Stormy scenes are likely in parliament today as the government tries to “rush through” changes that will make it far easier to close hospitals without public consultation. The changes face fierce opposition from doctors, 38 Degrees, the British Medical Association and charities.

Why do we struggle to discuss "social mobility"?

Whether it's class, culture or intergenerational fairness, Britain's political class struggle to talk about social mobility in a coherent or realistic manner. It's a problem we urgently need to fix.

Why does the media only talk about student sexism when Muslims can be blamed?

The media emphasise hypothetical and occasional gender segregation at British universities but roundly ignore the real sexism faced by students every day. The current brouhaha has more to do with Islamophobia than feminism.

Food banks, fuel bills, phone sex to feed the kids

A community gathering in North London gives voice to women's experience of Austerity Britain.

Should I vote? Should you?

After the Russell Brand debate the question of abstaining in general elections is again generating discussion in Britain. So what are we really achieving with our vote, and what effect do we think abstaining can actually have?

Freedom is essential to our universities, and is under attack

Angry British students are teaming up with exploited university workers to resist the commercialisation of universities, says the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales. Together, they are a powerful force.

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