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This election, we must demand social security be rocket-fuelled so it becomes social opportunity
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John Bird

This election, we must demand social security be rocket-fuelled so it becomes social opportunity

Letters: Sunak is one of Britain's richest men – how can he relate to people on benefits?
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Letters

Letters: Sunak is one of Britain's richest men – how can he relate to people on benefits?

“Starmer’s just a slightly softer version of the Tory party, isn’t he?” Paul Weller on politics in Big Issue exclusive
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“Starmer’s just a slightly softer version of the Tory party, isn’t he?” Paul Weller on politics in Big Issue exclusive

Paul Weller: 'Keir Starmer's just a slightly softer version of the Tory party, isn't he?'
Paul Weller and Johnny Harris
Politics

Paul Weller: 'Keir Starmer's just a slightly softer version of the Tory party, isn't he?'

Inside the Big Issue: Paul Weller and Johnny Harris deliver state of the nation address
Inside the Big Issue

Inside the Big Issue: Paul Weller and Johnny Harris deliver state of the nation address

Washed Out music video controversy shows the hardest part is accepting AI is here to stay 
Washed Up video
Music

Washed Out music video controversy shows the hardest part is accepting AI is here to stay 

Viggo Mortensen on Trump, corruption and why classic Westerns are like the best poetry
Viggo Mortensen in The Dead Don't Hurt
Film

Viggo Mortensen on Trump, corruption and why classic Westerns are like the best poetry

Author Alexander McCall Smith: 'At 16 I took myself terrifically seriously. And no one else did'
Alexander McCall Smith
Letter To My Younger Self

Author Alexander McCall Smith: 'At 16 I took myself terrifically seriously. And no one else did'

Here's why I love Netflix's hugely problematic Buying London
Buying London
Lucy Sweet

Here's why I love Netflix's hugely problematic Buying London

To tackle child poverty, we need action as bold as Labour creating the welfare state in 1945
Child poverty
Kate Pickett

To tackle child poverty, we need action as bold as Labour creating the welfare state in 1945

Top 5 child characters in books, chosen by award-winning journalist Tom Lamont
Books

Top 5 child characters in books, chosen by award-winning journalist Tom Lamont

What the complex history of Cyprus can teach us about today's Europe 
Deposed Cypriot president Archbishop Makarios III meets the Labour government’s foreign secretary James Callaghan in London in 1974
Europe

What the complex history of Cyprus can teach us about today's Europe 

Forget national service – work out what young people actually need. Regardless of how they vote
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Paul McNamee

Forget national service – work out what young people actually need. Regardless of how they vote

Nero was emperor of Rome at just 16. Which of us would have done better?
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Roman Empire

Nero was emperor of Rome at just 16. Which of us would have done better?

MP Liam Fox on the 21st century battle for water and why we must be careful about strawberries
The Coming Storm - water. Illustration: Big Issue
Environment

MP Liam Fox on the 21st century battle for water and why we must be careful about strawberries

White pants, bin bags and a light on injustice: Inside the world's first Museum of Homelessness
Museum Of Homelessness, Finsbury Park, London.
Homelessness

White pants, bin bags and a light on injustice: Inside the world's first Museum of Homelessness

Anjana Vasan on We Are Lady Parts season two, Malala and why UK must open its doors to immigrants
Anjana Vasan
TV

Anjana Vasan on We Are Lady Parts season two, Malala and why UK must open its doors to immigrants

Benedict Cumberbatch: 'History judges us on how we treat those who are most vulnerable'
Benedict Cumberbatch in Netflix series Eric with his monster pal
TV

Benedict Cumberbatch: 'History judges us on how we treat those who are most vulnerable'

Question 7 by Richard Flanagan review – this literary quest is a transformative experience
Question 7 by Richard Flanagan
Books

Question 7 by Richard Flanagan review – this literary quest is a transformative experience

How a dreary trip to a travel agent became an escapade of exotic birds and celebrity musicians
A parrot
Sam Delaney

How a dreary trip to a travel agent became an escapade of exotic birds and celebrity musicians