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“Farmland bird populations have declined by 54%”

“Attitude, just as much as grades, makes people”

“I am fortunate that mine is a story of social mobility”

“We need to start equalising assets and education across society”

“I doubt whether I would be where I am today if I hadn’t been to either Oxford or Cambridge”

“It is worth shining a light on medical issues self-driving cars could aid”

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“The loss of heathland across the UK has caused a decrease in the number of reptiles”

Lee Elliot Major
“I had to convince the local authority to support me to go to university”

Philip Collins
“Children of professionals will, by the age of three, have heard a million more words than the offspring of less articulate parents”

Ellie Harrison
“We can all become ‘active citizens’ and not just ‘passive consumers”

Nicola Jennings
“Elon Musk may once again be overestimating his capabilities”

Kalwant Bhopal
“Racism is a key feature of the lives of black and minority”

Lee Elliot Major
“A quarter of sons born in 1958 from the poorest homes remained among those on the lowest incomes as adults”

Simon Reeve
“A quarter of doctors received their primary training outside of Europe”

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Plastic - we are fooling ourselves


Peter Tatchell

Human rights campaigner Peter Tachell discusses a radical proposal to extend the legal status of marriage with Artemis Photiadou.

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Danny Dorling

In these extracts from his book “Inequality and the Social Thinker” Danny Dorling lays bare the impact of the wealthy elite on the rest of society.

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Philip Collins

Britain needs a new type of politics to overcome many issues including social mobility, says Philip Collins

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Stephen Evans

Stephen Evans says every victory emboldens religious fanatics. Those opposing them need more support

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Sutton Trust

Lee Elliot Major of the Sutton Trust and Stephen Machin of the London School of Economics explain how Britain has become less mobile particularly at the top and bottom of society

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Robert Verkaik

State schools need the pushy confident and better-off parents who opt for private education, argues Robert Verkaik

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Robert Verkaik

State schools need the pushy confident and better-off parents who opt for private education, argues Robert Verkaik

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Iain Garner

The aspirations of state educated kids would improve if 007 was portrayed as someone from their background, says Iain Garner

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David Bartram

David Bartram reveals evidence that UK citizenship tests can alienate new citizens

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Anthony Ellis

Criminologist Anthony Ellis explores the many factors behind the rising levels of lethal violence in England and Wales

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Robert Peston

Britain’s schools are unfit for the future our children face, says ITVs political editor Robert Peston

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Nicola Jennings

Autonomous vehicles will deliver a revolution in transport and mobility plus a huge boost to the economy, predicts Nicola Jennings

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“If I could do one thing, I would rid disadvantaged young people of their ‘not for the likes of me’ attitude”

“School children from poorer homes turn up less literate, numerate and articulate”

“We all need to enjoy living within our means”

“Sixty per cent of teachers reported they had witnessed racist bullying”

“Seventy seven per cent of physicians trained in Liberia were actually working in the United States”

“Suddenly, in living colour, England looked like another country”

“The only reason aristocrats have vast acreages of land is because they stole it”

“We shouldn’t say plastic has no benefits”

“We are the fifth-biggest economy but twenty-fifth on world education tables”

“Even if lots of jobs are still done by humans, they won’t be for much longer”

“Pollution is the product of the rich far more than the poor”

“Life itself is now something that is plundered by the corporation” views from charities, pressure groups and campaigns

“Too many of us are destined to end up on the same rungs as our parents”

“The idea that religion is a trump card…is dangerous”

“I’d like to see people on benefits treated with respect”

“The presumption is that it’s still her job to do the caring”

“Same-sex marriage was opposed by every single bishop who voted” views from not-for-profit platforms

“More than 2,000 non-native species have established themselves in the UK”

“If diversity is so important, why is there so little of it in the upper echelons of the legal profession?”

“Around one million people [globally] die on the roads each year”

“Despite advances…racism is a key feature of the lives of black and ethnic groups”

“The focus of zoos is often on charismatic species, such as tigers, elephants,and pandas”

“Half of all food bought in the UK is now ultra-processed”

“Many non-sexual friendships are just as sincere, loyal, and enriching as relationships between people in love”

“Prioritising individual demands risks intensifying inequalities in access to public services”

“Farming has been dominated for 5,000 years by the principle that dry land is good and wet land is bad”

“Short term savings can lead to long-term costs, as Grenfell shows”