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Past articles by Paul:

Malign rhetoric on refugees is not welcome here

What sort of nation are we if we cannot offer sanctuary to refugees fleeing for their lives? The poisonous discourse has to end → Read More

Three things the government can do to end homelessness

In 2019, the Tories pledged to end rough sleeping by 2024. Yet all they appear to be doing to end homelessness is tinkering around the edges → Read More

What our vendor Lee could teach Liz Truss about compassion

Poorly thought-out plans can trip you up, as the government has found out in recent weeks. But instead of blaming others for your failure you could, like Lee, try to find a way to bounce back better → Read More

First food banks, now warm banks. King Charles could help stop the rot

Now that even schools are running food banks it's clear that we have normalised food poverty. This shames our country, but here's what the monarch could do to help → Read More

With Westminster is in turmoil, who is left to govern?

Harold Wilson once said a week is a long time in politics. But even he would struggle to keep up with the goings-on in our disintegrating government → Read More

Exclusive: Michael Gove vows to help Grenfell victims bring criminal charges

Exclusive: The housing secretary said those responsible for the Grenfell tragedy behaved in an "incredibly reckless and selfish" way → Read More

Senior politicians often find a strong voice after leaving office. Why wait?

Stanford's New Map of Life is looking ahead to the life quality of the next generation – our politicians can't even look after this one → Read More

Democracy isn't working – but the power to change it lies with us

Instead of giving in to disillusionment, we should be making ourselves heard at the ballot box next month → Read More

When things look this dystopian, we should be more like Orwell

We have to look for the chinks of sunlight where we can, so let's take a moment to appreciate the toads of Holyrood Park → Read More

The idea that the UK is ‘full’ when it comes to refugees must be abandoned for good

Britain may face problems but the idea that we can’t accept anybody else, not least Ukraine refugees, is a shameful position to take, writes Paul McNamee → Read More

The New Year brings a bounty of good things to look forward to

Big Issue editor Paul McNamee shares some reasons to be cheerful in 2022. → Read More

COP26 is over but the fight for survival is only getting started

Big, bold moves and big investment is needed. It’s not enough to cry ‘levelling up’ but to do little about, writes Big Issue editor Paul McNamee → Read More

How do we reach the anti-vaxxers?

A grief-stricken poem drives home the human cost of the pandemic, leading Paul McNamee to ask how we can get anti-vaxxers to think again. → Read More

We have the numbers. Join us to Stop Mass Homelessness

The governing Conservative party have made many controversial decisions. Faced with an impending homelessness crisis, now is the time to fight for change. → Read More

Lockdowns have bred selfishness. Now we need the opposite

There are still a lot of people suffering, there are still a lot of people in need, writes Big Issue editor Paul McNamee → Read More

Unhappy with the status quo? Get out and vote in the local elections

There are elections across Britain on May 6. Every single one of us can start to make our demands → Read More

As the country opens up, we must address the issue of workers' rights

Spring is coming. Lockdown is coming to an end. There is a sense of positivity. It’s not too late to make a change, writes Paul McNamee. → Read More

Under the government's new war on woke, who's going to be at risk?

Plans for a free speech champion are strangely illiberal, says Big Issue editor Paul McNamee. → Read More

If nothing else, this lockdown could be when we learn to sleep better

Big Issue editor Paul McNamee acknowledges we're a nation finding it hard to sleep right now. But we can dream of a better tomorrow. → Read More

Biden is brightness for the US. The UK's light will come too

The election of Joe Biden and John Bird's Future Generations Bill gives us hope for the future, writes Big Issue editor Paul McNamee → Read More