Opinion

'Plans for new roads threaten Bristol’s countryside and limit action on the climate crisis'

The Local Transport Plan seems caught between tackling the climate crisis and building roads to boost economic growth, writes Dr Steve Melia.

This feels like prison’: we need to talk about school exclusions

Too many children in Bristol are subject to exclusions, which disproportionately impact those from BME and working-class communities, and have been linked to rising youth violence. The system needs to change.

I'm Jewish and I'm still campaigning for Corbyn's Labour

Antisemitism is real, but Corbyn’s Labour is not where the danger lies, writes Sage Brice.

"Privatising non-emergency ambulance services is bad for patients"

Across the south west, patient transport services have been transferred to private firms. But, a former NHS employee argues, the process has raised serious questions about their ability to do the job – and about wider fragmentation of our health system.

Measles is back, and it’s not just because of anti-vaxxers

We need to take our message out of surgeries and into communities, says a Bristol pharmacist

Masculinity and my Black male experience

The biggest problem with a stereotype isn’t that it’s false but that it’s the only story being told.

The initiative shaking up sex-ed in Bristol

Sex education in schools is limited in its breadth and awkward in its delivery. Could a circus TROUPE with a 12 ft silken labia be the answer?

'From climate to jobs, there is no justification for Bristol airport expansion'

The plans are based on dodgy data, argues Priyanka Raval

Opinion: Electric cars are not the answer

The popularity of electric cars looks set to increase, but they are no green panacea, argues Adam Reynolds.

"We need better mental health support for all young people, not just students"

Students have been campaigning for service improvements, but what about young people not at university? asks Chloë Maughan

Opinion: Eye-watering sums paid to interim managers and opaque recruitment must change

It’s high time for greater transparency in the world of interim managers at Bristol City Council, writes Tin Hinson Colin Molton works four days a...

Goodbye to unfair letting fees 

Victory for renters who for too long have had to fork out.

How to win over the masses: what next for Extinction Rebellion Bristol?

Activist Graham McGrath reflects on the movement’s need to diversify its tactics and reach new people.

'It’s time to force supermarkets to reduce plastic waste'

A Bristol plastic attack rebel says we must call time on corporate freedom to pollute, after Sir David Attenborough backs campaign to hand back plastic.

Tiny homes: ‘An innovative way of getting people to accept less’

Tiny homes are popping up in Bristol, with the council even bypassing its own policy to permit miniature flats. But as a solution to the housing crisis, this approach could do more harm than good.

Opinion: Council tax is grossly unfair. It's time for a rethink

After it has gone up again in the face of cuts, it’s time to look at alternatives to this unfair and out-of-date tax.

Zero rough sleeping in Bristol by 2027: fantasy or reality?

The council has set out a bold vision to eradicate rough sleeping in just eight years, but can we get there?

European elections: why it matters even though it doesn't feel like it

This is no ordinary election, and it comes at a pivotal time, argues Nick Dowson.

Opinion: People of colour need to be included in Bristol’s environmental movement

Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley argues that it’s not that Black people aren’t green – it’s that the green movement is too white.

Opinion: Bristol’s leadership is failing to stop the city choking

Marvin Rees’ announcement this week that there is a ‘timeline’ for producing a Clean Air Plan is too little, too late.

Opinion: Our parks are under threat. They need legal protection.

Neill Talbot argues green areas are vital for people and wildlife in our city, and the council should be made to protect them.

To end homelessness, we need to change how we talk about it

We’re not seeing the big picture, says Joe Smith, who works in the sector and is increasingly frustrated at how the issues are framed.

Opinion: Our children's future must not be built on sand

If funding cuts continue, our children face losing the opportunity to get the best possible start in life.

Opinion: If the hijab is such an ‘oppressive tool’, why do I feel so empowered?

My scarf, my choice. Real oppression begins when you deprive someone of that choice.