Opinion

Poverty is being normalised. We can’t keep depending on good people to fix it. The government must act
Paul McNamee

Poverty is being normalised. We can’t keep depending on good people to fix it. The government must act

Four million children are living in poverty. It isn’t enough for ministers to say: “We’re doing something but we can’t help everybody”, writes Big Issue editor Paul McNamee.

The steps we can all take towards a deeper understanding
Paul McNamee

The steps we can all take towards a deeper understanding

At a time when we are increasingly closed and atomised, setting out to see the world will bring a better understanding of how others live, writes Big Issue editor Paul McNamee.

OCD almost took my life. I need help. Not awareness.
Mental health

OCD almost took my life. I need help. Not awareness.

A mental health crisis left James McMahon needing professional help. If only it was so straightforward, he writes.

Jodie Comer’s play Prima Facie has an uncomfortable twist in the tale
John Bird

Jodie Comer’s play Prima Facie has an uncomfortable twist in the tale

Weighing up BMI bemusement when you’re heavy but healthy
Sam Delaney

Weighing up BMI bemusement when you’re heavy but healthy

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Why you really need to keep an eye on the Northern Ireland election
Feargal Cochrane

Why you really need to keep an eye on the Northern Ireland election

Don’t delay the passport to prosperity
Paul McNamee

Don’t delay the passport to prosperity

The Policing Bill threatens our democracy – this is time for anger, not despair
Martha Spurrier

The Policing Bill threatens our democracy – this is time for anger, not despair

The government already has the perfect replacement for the Vagrancy Act – nothing at all
Homelessness

The government already has the perfect replacement for the Vagrancy Act – nothing at all

Liam Gallagher’s hips and the politicians who won’t be here now
Paul McNamee

Liam Gallagher’s hips and the politicians who won’t be here now

Corporate lobbying is rife during this energy crisis. Business leaders need to do more
Beth Thoren

Corporate lobbying is rife during this energy crisis. Business leaders need to do more

In defence of buddleja, blossom of the concrete jungle
Gardening

In defence of buddleja, blossom of the concrete jungle

The BBC is one of the last decent things standing. And BBC 6 Music is a jewel in its crown.
Radio

The BBC is one of the last decent things standing. And BBC 6 Music is a jewel in its crown.

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‘Football has played an important part in my life. I’m not particularly proud of that’
Sam Delaney

‘Football has played an important part in my life. I’m not particularly proud of that’

This Spring Statement is not about Ukraine, no matter what Sunak says
James Ball

This Spring Statement is not about Ukraine, no matter what Sunak says

‘The Beatles were right to preach love. But it’s not all we need’
John Bird

‘The Beatles were right to preach love. But it’s not all we need’

Spring Budget: We need to upgrade Britain’s leaky homes to insulate against the energy crisis
Aydin Dikerdem

Spring Budget: We need to upgrade Britain’s leaky homes to insulate against the energy crisis

We should all join Andy Burnham on his journey
Paul McNamee

We should all join Andy Burnham on his journey

How the Office for National Statistics is changing to make data more inclusive
Ian Diamond

How the Office for National Statistics is changing to make data more inclusive

This week’s Big TV Picks: Skint, Then Barbara Met Alan and Top Boy
Big TV Picks

This week’s Big TV Picks: Skint, Then Barbara Met Alan and Top Boy

The government’s net zero failures have left the door wide open for sceptics
Sarah Wilson

The government’s net zero failures have left the door wide open for sceptics

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Val McDermid: ‘If homelessness were an illness, we’d be demanding a cure’
Val McDermid

Val McDermid: ‘If homelessness were an illness, we’d be demanding a cure’

We’re stressed, but we still reach out a helping hand to Ukraine’s refugees
Paul McNamee

We’re stressed, but we still reach out a helping hand to Ukraine’s refugees

Glasgow’s historic buildings have been neglected – but we must not repeat the mistakes of the past
Paul Sweeney

Glasgow’s historic buildings have been neglected – but we must not repeat the mistakes of the past

Our most beautiful art treasures hide a multitude of sins
John Bird

Our most beautiful art treasures hide a multitude of sins

Food bank users will continue to struggle until benefits are raised to meet the cost of living
Tom Pollard

Food bank users will continue to struggle until benefits are raised to meet the cost of living

Little Simz deservedly won a Brit award – where she lives is irrelevant
Sam Delaney

Little Simz deservedly won a Brit award – where she lives is irrelevant

Lucy Sweet: ‘There is great comfort to be had in watching other people cook’
Opinion

Lucy Sweet: ‘There is great comfort to be had in watching other people cook’

The climate crisis is now the biggest Issue we face
John Bird

The climate crisis is now the biggest Issue we face

When the gambling industry realised women were potential customers, it reeled them in
Ellie Mae O’Hagan

When the gambling industry realised women were potential customers, it reeled them in

Farewell, PJ O’Rourke, one of the most original free thinkers of our time
Paul McNamee

Farewell, PJ O’Rourke, one of the most original free thinkers of our time

‘Spare time on a sunny winter’s day is never wasted wandering around a graveyard’
Opinion

‘Spare time on a sunny winter’s day is never wasted wandering around a graveyard’

‘Temporary’ accommodation shows the government is failing homeless children
Alex Firth

‘Temporary’ accommodation shows the government is failing homeless children

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