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Don't believe Cameron's hype - the Welsh NHS has much to teach the English

Cameron this week labelled the Welsh NHS 'a scandal', and some Blairites have echoed him. But Wales is 'doing more with less' more effectively than the English NHS - and without privatisation.   

Scottish independence and the ‘democratic’ left

It's not democratic to draw a line round those who agree with you more and declare independence, it's cowardly.

In praise of the 'economically illiterate' academic

University staff are now being drilled to see their work as part of a great financial machine to generate revenue, much of which is then absorbed in astronomical salaries for senior staff. Is this really what we want for our universities?

Cameron’s investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood is not about national security

Rather than protecting UK citizens at home, the government is essentially bolstering its unscrupulous allies in the Middle East.

#IPCCFail – the police complaints watchdog’s “decade of failure”

It's ten years since the Independent Police Complaints Commission was founded, and they've utterly failed.

Barton Moss: policing in the absence of democracy

Violence has been a running theme within the policing of anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss. Individual officers are acting with impunity. Is this reflective of a policing strategy seeking to disrupt the protests on behalf of vested interests?

The BBC's Great War - the Beeb responds

The Controller of the BBC World War One season responds to David Elstein.

The BBC's Great War

There are always two disciplines in play when broadcasting tackles history: one is broadcasting, the other is history. And the needs of broadcasting usually come first, as they do, in David Elstein's opinion, in the earliest of the 2500 hours worth of programming the BBC is transmitting in memory of the Great War.

Britain's new visa laws are breaking families and hearts

New laws which require the British half of a couple to earn more than £18,600 before they can move here with their non EU partner are a disaster for thousands of people.

Scotland’s constitution and the strange non-death of ‘Civic Scotland’

If Scotland is to have a new constitution, let's it be written in a way which empowers the people, not the Civic Scotland of old.

Taking responsibility for Friern Barnet Community Library

“Barnet claims to know what people want.  But if you go into some of the libraries in Barnet, I would have to say that they probably don’t know what people want.” Nick Mahony talks to the Chair of Trustees of a library saved by occupation for the community in north London.

Serious concerns emerge over joint enterprise laws

Joint enterprise laws allow groups to be collectively convicted of a crime, including people who didn't commit it. New evidence compiled by the Bureau for Investigative Journalism shows its application is often questionable.

Joint enterprise: no one should be punished for a crime they did not commit

Joint enterprise laws allow people to be convicted for crimes they didn't themselves commit, and are leading to too many miscarriages of justice.

The Scottish referendum: a chance to challenge our nuclear assumptions?

The removal of nuclear weapons from Scottish soil may be a “red-line” issue for the SNP today, but as the complexity of other defining issues - currency, European Union membership, national debt - begins to surface, this “red-line” may well evolve into a bargaining chip.

A call to action in memory of the woman I never knew

At least 20 people have died in immigration detention in the UK: how many more must die before the UK changes its detention policy? The public must shout louder, says Eiri Ohtani. 

Complaints Choir: what is it?

"This project stays dynamic when people take the Complaints Choir as a tool and make use of it in their own context and modify it. That’s the spirit of open source." Hilde C. Stephansen interviews the founders of the choir for Participation Now.

Changing public opinion through direct action

“Starbucks felt so pressured by the public that they felt obliged to pay £20,000,000 to the HMRC.” Our series of interviews with activists and practitioners who organise public participation initiatives speaks next to Sarah Kwei from UK Uncut, the direct action group that works to raise awareness of tax avoidance and austerity cuts through creative forms of protest.

Deaths in detention, and Britain's legal duties towards vulnerable detainees

Detention centre doctors are obliged to report cases where a detained person's health is likely to be damaged by detention. This safeguard is too often ignored or manipulated.

Hard lives: migrant children and the British state

An impassioned campaign to prevent Yashika Bageerathi's deportation has put Home Office treatment of children in the spotlight.

Death at Yarl’s Wood: Women in mourning, women in fear

On Sunday morning a 40 year old woman died at Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre in Bedfordshire, England. Jennifer Allsopp spoke, via telephone, to a woman in Yarl’s Wood who knew her.

Who is behind Reform's call for NHS charges?

The private health insurance industry has been trying to get think tanks to help it make money in Britain for the last 10 years. Is today's report by Reform calling for NHS charges the result?

Introducing Tony Hall’s cunning plan: The BB(&A)C

Tony Hall’s scheme for the BBC’s future has been widely disdained as a willful desire to put the clock back to the days of ‘Auntie’ BBC, but Brian Winston argues it is more like a return to the brilliant deal that acquired the Proms in the ’20s.

It is bust, so fix it: time to discuss the basic income

Witnessing first hand the problems in our current system of welfare payments, basic income has many attractions. But are the alleged pitfalls justified?

An area of doubt - law, morality and expediency

It is not enough to say "I did what I thought was right". Sincerity is no substitute for legitimacy and justice.

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