Retired, white, British-born, independently wealthy. Recognise this type? Local government in England needs a shake-up. A young councillor sets out why the lack of diversity is damaging, and offers ideas for change.
The success of
the UK Independence Party in local elections indicates a lack of
trust in mainstream politicians on migration. This leaves the pro-migration
lobby with a bigger role than ever, and some challenging questions about how to
impact on public opinion
A new report suggests the nationalised East Coast line is providing far better value for money than Britain's disastrous private network and its eye watering prices. Is this why the Coalition is desperately trying to re-privatise it?
Burnt with metal rods and cigarette butts? Maybe so, says the Border
Agency, but you paid someone to do this to you. A surgeon with expertise in
torture scars argues that 'self-torture by proxy' is a dangerous fiction.
On 24th April the House of Lords voted through the NHS ‘section 75’ regulations, which open up the NHS to far more private sector competition. The overwhelming opposition from grassroots campaigners and NHS workers fell, ultimately, on deaf ears. So where do we go from here?
destructive power of neoliberal globalization has prompted renewed interest in
nationalism on the left. But the legacies of empire and the political nature of
the neoliberal project itself suggest that enthusiasm for English nationalism
needs to be tempered with a sober analysis of its unintended political
The Starbucks and Googles of this world will always find tax loopholes. We need to link taxation once again to civic virtue and demonstratable social impact. We'll get them on the spirit of the law, not the letter.
Monolithic accounts of national identity need to make way for a form of analysis capable of embracing the ambiguity and contradictions through which all ideas of community are created. In a context of new global patterns of immigration this task is central to the economic and political struggles of the disenfranchised.
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