As we are encouraged to deck our streets with bunting, and as our screens fill with footage of monarchists camping outside Windsor Castle, it’s easy to forget that not everybody is overwhelmed with excitement about Harry and Meghan’s nuptials.
For many, like me, it’s a high-profile chance to peacefully express our belief that the monarchy is outdated, undemocratic, and should be abolished.
It’s a rare moment when Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are in complete agreement. But on the result of a legal challenge to a senior coroner’s ‘cab-rank’ approach to burial, they’re completely aligned.
The coroner’s first come, first served approach – which saw no burial prioritised over any other – had been widely criticised by Jewish and Muslim communities, whose faiths require speedy burial in order to begin the mourning process.
This mental health awareness week an estimated one in six people will experience a 'common mental disorder' like depression or anxiety.
Over the course of a year one in four of us will experience a mental health problem and rates of self-harm in the UK are among the highest in Europe. In recent years it’s started to become more acceptable to talk about mental health – but people with mental health problems continue to face serious discrimination and mistreatment.
In January, the Armed Forces released a new recruitment campaign designed to show their human side. Soldiers talked about how they feel comfortable in the Army regardless of their gender, religion, sexuality or emotions.
It’s good to see the military attempting to clean up their reputation for having a tough, toxic culture – but in the past it’s been difficult to see if the public rhetoric is matched by real change for real soldiers.
The tragedy of young deaths on Britain’s streets demands a meaningful response, but politicians and police chiefs are dredging up ominous and discriminatory tactics in the scrabble for solutions.
Stop and search: haemorrhaging trust
In recent months, both the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and London’s Mayor have suggested increasing the use of stop and search may provide an answer to rising knife crime. But the sad irony is that years of discriminatory stops have haemorrhaged community trust, undermining operational policing.
The Government’s hostile environment (or, as ministers have since attempted to rebrand it , ‘compliant environment’) policies aim to make life unbearably difficult for undocumented people in order to deter more migrants coming to the UK and to encourage people to leave.
In the wake of the recent scandal which saw Cambridge Analytica misuse data belonging to 87 million Facebook users, more and more people are realising that the information they’ve shared on the social media platform has been used in a way they didn’t intend.
Lengthy, complex privacy agreements mean very few people have given fully informed consent to the way their data is used – from your name and age through to your political views and relationship status.