Paul McNamee is the Editor of The Big issue
"At any age we should be susceptible to unfiltered delight or deep gloom. It’s honest"
"The idea that the whole of Britain is unquestionably resurgent is not something the whole of Britain will swallow"
"These people are responding to problems they see around them and using their talents to benefit society"
"There will always be a thirst to discover the new. The Dress and Japanese cat islands are just another side of it"
"Under current laws, the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four would have struggled to see any compensation"
"If there is a serious attempt to make work work for the young unemployed, show the routemap"
"We should celebrate that we live in an age when scientific rigour can help us leap forward and make lives better"
"When experts speak, politicians should listen, learn and act. Not just pay lip service..."
"Blunt won on points but Bryant had a point. We need to make schools real places of opportunity”"
"Let's see politicians grasp the nettle of local tax. It's not sexy or easy, but it's the realism and honesty we need"
"Good people will always outnumber those who decide their life is worth more than the life of someone else"
"It is easy to accept prevailing moods and move with them. We mustn’t, though. It’s important that we challenge everything"
"Sometimes the sheer daily battle can become too much. At that time it’s worth stopping and looking up..."
"The sentimentality of Christmas leads to feelings that lead to action. This is to be applauded"
"No matter how clear the reasoning, or the empirical knowledge, there is a human hunger to hope for something more..."
"We are becoming willing accomplices in a dash to make us consumers of everything all the time"
"The problem with claiming a historical imperative over elements of identity is fixing a place to draw the line"
“Those in Westminster are removed from realities arguing in abstracts that seem to have little bearing on our lives”
"Just because John Lewis manipulates us and is trying to sell us something doesn’t mean what they are saying is ultimately any less true"
"It should never be forgotten that in war 18-year-old boys get their legs and arms blown off"
Big Issue Foundation Newsletter