In the second of her 'On broadcasting' column, Lis Howell
argues that the BBC urgently needs to put its house in order before turning to
the big political issues of 2017. The licence fee and new technology aren’t
necessarily the big issues - the real crisis is about management and the
alienation of young people and young talent.
Imagine suing the government for damages for torture
and kidnap, and losing your case, without ever
knowing the reason why. A former lawyer who resigned from the Lib Dem party
over "secret courts" describes the chilling scenarios made possible
by the recently passed Justice and Security Act.
Andrew Adonis’s insider account of the Lab-Lib coalition talks provides a vivid and vital, and often surprising, insight into the crucial politics of the day – and is also particularly relevant to the prospects for both parties after the 2015 general election.
There can likely be no repeat of the 2008 bailouts, sovereign states do not have the capacity. But the accumulating debt is now so large, the point of no return may have been breached. Euro collapse could trigger far wider meltdowns.
Royal Charters are an inappropriate means of regulating the press, a monarchical hangover that debases the role of parliament and reaffirms the view that it is the monarch, not the British people, that should be the ultimate check on parliament.
Severn Trent is the latest water company to be targeted for takeover by a motley group of investment funds. An analysis of their past deals reveals huge profits, meagre tax bills and a seemingly casual approach to ethical concerns. Once again public assets are turned into wealth for the few.
The Woolwich attack can be seen as a more scrupulous, even moral, development within terror tactics. It tells us nothing about the "Muslim community", and reveals the success of the security forces rather than the failure.
We live in societies with economies nested within them, nested in turn in the non-human world. A green republican conception of political economy recognises this reality, and challenges the priority given to growth.
The education secretary's reforms fly in the face of all that we know about creativity and how best to nurture it. If we want our children to prosper in the world yet to come his plans must be opposed.
Real or imagined, there is a widespread grievance in Britain's ethnic majority that they no longer come first. Does belonging justify increased entitlement, or is this privilege rightly being swept away?
Despite the recent crackdown on squatting in the UK and Europe, across the Global North we are now witnessing the slow emergence of an alternative politics of housing that seeks to challenge the pieties of neoliberal restructuring, and re-think ways of inhabiting cities.
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