British Prime Minister has vowed to negotiate a ‘new settlement’ on Britain and
the EU. In a debate on Europe with
Sir Menzies Campbell, Nigel Farage and Peter Oborne, organised by the Cantor
Index in the City of London on January 9, David Blunkett, Labour MP and former
British Home Secretary (2001 – 2004) outlined his vision.
In 1962, the late Professor Sir Bernard Crick published his seminal work In Defence of Politics.
Fifty years on, formal political processes have never been in greater
need of defending. In this article, former Home Secretary David Blunkett
MP argues that in order to defend politics we need to change the way in
which we ‘do’ our politics.
Ben Page, Bob Rowthorn, David Blunkett, and Trevor Phillips
The People Flow discussion on openDemocracy has charted the question of how Europe should address the mass movement of migrants over the next fifty years. This issue has multiple national dimensions too. Here, leading participants in Britains migration policy debate how one nation-state is coping with the challenge of finding definition and cohesion in a world of flux.
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dialogue and debate. But a global debate without the female half of
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In the months following the start of the Arab Revolutions, articles and analysis poured into openDemocracy from contributors across the Middle East and Europe. Gradually, the impact of Tahrir Square began to extend well beyond the Middle East as democratic inspiration travelled from east to west. Arab Awakening tries to capture that inspiration and use it to help us read a rapidly changing world.
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