Opinion

Abstract beauty to light up an increasingly ugly world
Opinion

Abstract beauty to light up an increasingly ugly world

An exhibition of Helen Frankenthaler at Dulwich Picture Gallery reminds John Bird of how, as a boy, he first fell in love with abstract art

Is it too much to hope for an accessible safety net that protects us all from poverty?
Joanne Barker-Marsh

Is it too much to hope for an accessible safety net that protects us all from poverty?

For a future social security system to work, we must include the voices and lived experiences of people accessing it, writes Joanne Barker-Marsh, who took part in the Covid Realities research programme.

Scotland can become a powerhouse of green energy but we need a brave plan for renewables
Paul McNamee

Scotland can become a powerhouse of green energy but we need a brave plan for renewables

It won’t be cheap and it needs creative thinking. But there needs to be action on energy investment out of Westminster that looks 20 years down the line, writes Big Issue editor Paul McNamee.

Boris Johnson’s parties may sink the Conservatives but we can’t let it tank our trust in democracy
Ellie Mae O'Hagan

Boris Johnson’s parties may sink the Conservatives but we can’t let it tank our trust in democracy

‘People fall into addiction because they feel lost, alone, unhappy or just baffled by life’
Sam Delaney

‘People fall into addiction because they feel lost, alone, unhappy or just baffled by life’

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Give yourself a break: The pandemic is punishing enough without a New Year’s Resolution on top
Hannah Gravett

Give yourself a break: The pandemic is punishing enough without a New Year’s Resolution on top

In these times full of care, anxiety feels like a logical response
John Bird

In these times full of care, anxiety feels like a logical response

Help make British Sign Language an official language
Rosie Cooper

Help make British Sign Language an official language

Isolating the dying from their loved ones was a cruel mistake we must not repeat
Paul McNamee

Isolating the dying from their loved ones was a cruel mistake we must not repeat

I was a lawyer in the Colston Four trial. History is not being erased, but given full voice
Raj Chada

I was a lawyer in the Colston Four trial. History is not being erased, but given full voice

The worst places to live in the UK? Britain’s run-down towns aren’t funny anymore
James McMahon

The worst places to live in the UK? Britain’s run-down towns aren’t funny anymore

The Nationality and Borders Bill is a slap in the face of the Windrush generation
Ramya Jaidev

The Nationality and Borders Bill is a slap in the face of the Windrush generation

Dreaming of a future when our leaders make plans for the long term
Opinion

Dreaming of a future when our leaders make plans for the long term

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Adam Boulton on why we can be cautiously optimistic for 2022
Adam Boulton

Adam Boulton on why we can be cautiously optimistic for 2022

We’re bringing back clapping for the NHS – but this time we’ll be Clapping For Action
Julia Patterson

We’re bringing back clapping for the NHS – but this time we’ll be Clapping For Action

In the midst of another Covid battle it’s time to focus on those in need
John Bird

In the midst of another Covid battle it’s time to focus on those in need

Like Scrooge, Boris Johnson needs to change his ways before it’s too late
John Puntis

Like Scrooge, Boris Johnson needs to change his ways before it’s too late

Despite the threat of Omicron, glorious uproar will erupt again
Paul McNamee

Despite the threat of Omicron, glorious uproar will erupt again

What it’s like to have your life put on hold by the Home Office
Abdullahi Yussuf

What it’s like to have your life put on hold by the Home Office

This is the reality of using a food bank at Christmas
Amie Alissa Watson

This is the reality of using a food bank at Christmas

Funding cuts and midwife shortages puts babies and mothers at risk
Opinion

Funding cuts and midwife shortages puts babies and mothers at risk

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TV stars and footballers are fighting the good fight – but let’s not forget those less visible
Paul McNamee

TV stars and footballers are fighting the good fight – but let’s not forget those less visible

If Boris Johnson wants to see higher wages his government should lead by example
Paddy Bettington

If Boris Johnson wants to see higher wages his government should lead by example

The government’s new drugs strategy cannot win the ‘war on drugs’
Carla Denyer

The government’s new drugs strategy cannot win the ‘war on drugs’

‘A Universal Basic Income might not bring the utopia we imagine’
Opinion

‘A Universal Basic Income might not bring the utopia we imagine’

Don’t let media headlines blitz the decent side of human nature
Paul McNamee

Don’t let media headlines blitz the decent side of human nature

The Channel crossing deaths must be a turning point for this government
Minnie Rahman

The Channel crossing deaths must be a turning point for this government

We should all be treated equally when in need
John Bird

We should all be treated equally when in need

Why do we accept that people experiencing homelessness die so young?
Rick Henderson

Why do we accept that people experiencing homelessness die so young?

Why are homeless people still dying without dignity?
Andrew Knee

Why are homeless people still dying without dignity?

Sadiq Khan: ‘No-one should be left out in the cold this Christmas’
Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan: ‘No-one should be left out in the cold this Christmas’

A quarter of a million renters risk losing their homes – they need help, not judgement
Paul McNamee

A quarter of a million renters risk losing their homes – they need help, not judgement

‘I didn’t want to be judgey and avoid the pub. Now I admit it – I hate being around drunk people’
Sam Delaney

‘I didn’t want to be judgey and avoid the pub. Now I admit it – I hate being around drunk people’