Max Benwell

Max Benwell is Writer and Commissioning Editor at Independent Voices.

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International Men's Day: Plenty of men need our help, but they don't need their own day

As well as a telling lack of demand for such a day, there are already campaigns in place for male-specific problems

Blue ticks on WhatsApp: I love chatting online, but please don't let even more people know when I ignore them

The app's introduction of the "double blue tick" means that talking to people online has just become even more stressful

By saying he'll fund the NHS with a 'mansion tax' Ed Miliband is waging class warfare — and I love it

After so many unfair policies have been unloaded on the poor and vulnerable, a tax on the wealthy is long overdue

Neymar takes the ice bucket challenge

Is it fair to criticise the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

Depsite being known among cynics as "clicktivism", or "slacktivism", over the last several years web campaigning has become a huge focus for many charities.

Should there be warning labels on alcoholic drinks?

Big black letters on packs of cigarettes tell us that smoking kills, and red traffic lights ward us off unhealthy foods, but should the same rules apply to our booze?

Do you support the new proposals for assisted dying?

The House of Lords are debating a bill on assisted dying today. The proposals are still a long way from becoming law, but if passed they will allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose to terminally ill patients who have been judged to have less than six months left to live.

David Cameron, yesterday, at the opening of the Williams F1 facility in Oxfordshire, has been criticised for not having enough women in his Cabinet

Do you agree with positive discrimination?

With a cabinet reshuffle now scheduled in everyone's diary for tomorrow, the big question is how Cameron will try to appear more "pro-women".

Many Brits consciously tone down or 'posh up' during phone conversations

Is accentism a real problem?

There are strict laws that tackle all kinds of discrimination in the UK, but is there still an insidious form of prejudice we're missing?

Should women be allowed to wear the veil?

Is the European Court right to uphold France's ban on veils?

Today the European Court of Human Rights upheld France's ban on the full-face veil. The decision was made after a 24-year-old woman brought a case against the law to the court, claiming that it breached her right to freedom of religion and expression.

Poll: Should Tony Blair quit as Middle East peace envoy?

When Tony Blair left Number 10 in 2007 and became the UN's Middle East envoy, there were two ways of looking at it. If you were among the dwindling number of his hardline supporters, then he was continuing to fight the good fight and bring stability to the region. Or if you were in the other camp, it was one of the most ironic titles to bestow upon the co-architect of the Iraq war. 

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