Primary schools to teach ‘British values’
New textbooks will promote ‘British values’ in the UK’s primary schools. They are part of a government effort to bring communities together — but can social integration really be taught?
'The strange death of liberal Britain’
The headline is from The Guardian, alarmed like many about government plans on Brexit. Is this really the beginning of the end for the ideas that powered the West for the past 300 years?
Global freedom in retreat as autocracy spreads
A former UK foreign secretary says global liberty is ‘in retreat’. Some expected liberal values to spread this century. But growing evidence suggests freedom’s enemies are gaining ground.
Extremism strategy ignites debate on freedoms
The government has published plans to curb those who promote ‘extreme’ ideas. Is this a sensible response to a grave situation, or an ill thought out assault on our values and liberties?
‘Nanny state!’ cry critics of car smoking ban
Smoking in a car when children are present becomes illegal today. Is this a sensible decision to protect vulnerable youngsters — or an insidious intrusion into our personal space?
Woman jailed in Iran for watching volleyball
A British-Iranian student faces a lengthy prison sentence in Iran, simply for trying to attend a volleyball match. Could her case lead to greater freedoms in the largely conservative country?
New torture claims shatter Libyan dreams
It is three months since rebels declared victory over a dictator. Fighters hoped for a new, democratic Libya. But now, troubling reports are emerging of torture, violence and civil war.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s plea for freedom
Aung San Suu Kyi faces a crackdown by the Burmese government after she gave a speech on the BBC. Her fight for freedom has made her a worldwide symbol of hope.
Boy wears skirt in school uniform protest
Most schools – and the government – believe uniform helps a school hang together as an ordered, inclusive community. But some pupils challenge the rules.