Thursday, June 20The Voice of London

Society

Why do we fall out of love with politics?

Why do we fall out of love with politics?

Politics, Society
Earlier last week, 40 MPs of the Conservative party released a letter stating ‘no confidence’ in Prime Minister Theresa May. May is also facing a popularity crisis outside the Parliament, showing that our political leaders can sometimes be not as sharp as we want them to be in handling a crisis.  The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been under increasing pressure from members of her own party to toughen up on Brexit negotiations. So strong is the pressure that May has received a letter of 'no confidence' from her party, the Conservatives. The letter comes only a month after a YouGov survey showed that May is three times less popular with Londoners than Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The post-Brexit-vote UK is going through its worst political crisis since 1940. London in parti
Times change: a literary tour of London

Times change: a literary tour of London

Society
Even wondered what London looked like ten, twenty, fifty years ago? You might find the answer in words, rather than pictures... You know that a city is great – that it’s got life, histories and stories – when there are lots of books about it. Not just about it, but about the people who live in this said city, who walk its streets, go in and out of its buildings, drink coffees and teas in its cafes, work, love, fight, suffer. Readers learn to love the city as much as they love the characters; they feel like they’re there, in the book, with them. I’ve often wondered if London is still the same city that so many novels talk about, so I decided to have a walk and go find out. I took my favourite books set in London, and I went to see what had changed. Nick Hornby – A long way down Nick
Ankara’s ban on LGBT events is worse than you think

Ankara’s ban on LGBT events is worse than you think

Society
If the usual path towards social equality is the one that gradually grants more rights to minority groups, some countries (or, like in this case, provinces) still find it difficult to accept. So they do exactly the opposite. In an unsurprising move that follows months of limitations to freedom of expression in the country, Ankara, the Turkish capital, banned all LGBT events from its public spaces, starting from November 18. The governor declared that the decision was made as these events are a “threat to security”, news agencies report. Reactions have been quick as the ruling sparked outrage across the world. https://twitter.com/HRC/status/932350988991725575 Unlike in many other Muslim-majority countries, homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey. However, discrimination and h

Will Hackney Council be the UK’s first council to urge the reuse of London’s empty buildings?

Featured, Society
The Mayor of Hackney Council has delivered a statement of support in the emerging lobby that has been established by ReSpace Projects. Potentially, Hackney might be the first council in the UK to adopt a community-minded approach to the reuse of empty buildings in the city. In a ‘city makers’ conference that took place last night (Thursday, November 16th), a declaration of support from Mr. Philip Glanville, the Mayor of Hackney Council, has been revealed, implying a potential transition in the council’s approach to the use of empty buildings in the city. Mr Glanville’s statement has been excitingly announced by the hosting CEO of ReSpace Projects, Mr Gee Sinha, who have developed a model and a lobby calling for a regulation of holistic and innovative regeneration using empty buildings
-->