Tag: British Values
Anita and Me: Finding British identity
Anita and Me is a novel about friendship and growing up — but its heroine also struggles with her English and Indian identities. Is it possible to define what it means to be ‘British’?
Magna Carta 800th anniversary to be marked
It’s 800 years since Magna Carta, a charter of free men’s rights, was sealed. As British politicians consider scrapping the Human Rights Act, how valuable are written declarations of rights?
Historians thrilled at rare Magna Carta find
A rare version of the historical document that first underpinned our rights is discovered in Kent. But as we celebrate its 800th anniversary, some argue we’ve outgrown Magna Carta.
The best and worst of times for gay rights
The change in attitudes to homosexuality is one of the wonders of the modern world. But have its speed and the very visible recognition of gay rights provoked a backlash in some countries?
First-time voters proud of UK refugee legacy
A large majority of young voters, a poll shows, want Britain to remain a safe haven for those fleeing violence and persecution. Will their views counter the rise in anti-immigrant feeling?
Politicians clash over elected House of Lords
The House of Lords contains over half of UK lawmakers. Whether chosen by birth or by the Queen, not one of them is elected by popular vote. But now that may set to change.
Britain celebrates Queen on Diamond Jubilee
When King George VI died sixty years ago, his daughter, Elizabeth, became Queen. This weekend, we celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. But who is the woman behind the crown?
Church of England launches attack on ‘unjust’ laws
Vulnerable children are at grave risk from planned changes to the benefits system, warn the UK’s top bishops. This reopens a profound debate about the merits of the welfare state.
Press freedom in the dock as inquiry begins
Yesterday a panel of high ranking journalists, activists and legal thinkers met to spend up to one year deciding how the UK’s free press should be governed.
Human rights and wrongs split UK Government
A row has erupted between the two parties in the Coalition over whether to keep the Human Rights Act. Do laws designed to protect human rights hamper justice or create a more civilised country?