Shock U-turn as sell-off of George Eliot hospital cancelled

The planned sell-off of George Elliott hospital has been cancelled, hailed as a "victory for common sense" by unions and campaigners.

The drone evasion

A parliamentary report on the UK's use of armed-drones in Afghanistan is, in its language and its attitude to casualties, a study in closure.

Tory links of health agencies exposed as Hunt lines up next NHS sell-off in England

Whilst understaffed wards and surgeries turn to well-connected private sector agencies to fill the gaps created by Cameron's health 'reforms', the NHS's own in-house recruitment agency is to be sold off, it has emerged.

The Clegg-Farage debate

If Nick Clegg takes one lesson from the first debate into the BBC second leg next week, it should be to spend less time on 'what the real facts show', if he does want to do more than mobilise existing EU-enthusiasts to the Lib Dem banner.

The greater (and shorter) decriminalisation story: it's the physics of broadcasting, stupid

Brian Winston explains how the hypothecated tax and the BBC have gone together for the last 92 years like love and marriage: ‘you can’t have one without the other’.

The Labour Party's real challenge is finding a radical voice

Will the UK Labour Party ever really, vocally resist Conservative policies? They should be engaging young voters on global social inequality.

Playing politics with prisoners’ access to justice

The UK media has strongly reported the government's punitive restrictions on prisoners receiving books from families and friends. A more dangerous 'reform' excites less attention: the cuts to legal aid for prisoners.

The student loan privatisation must be resisted

Selling off the student loans will actually cost the government more, as well as the students - but it'll be a profits bonanza for the purchaser. The public must fight back.

My environmentalism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit

The environmental movement will never save the planet unless it actively focuses its ire clearly on those who are most to blame for the crisis - the powerful.

Our problems are shared, and we can face them together

It's not just Scotland - most British people aren't represented by this government either, we should work together to build a fair society for all across the UK.

Democratic Wealth: free e-book on building a citizens' economy

openDemocracy and Politics in Spires (hosted by the universities of Oxford and Cambridge) publishes an e-book on building an economy that serves the common good. The collection of essays from around the globe explores a renewed interest in the republican tradition.

Without tax justice, England's health services will crumble

The budget's failure to clamp down on tax avoidance - centred on the City of London - starves both our own and overseas health systems of desperately needed cash.

Scottish Labour's challenge - a positive case for the union or a positive case for the party?

Scottish Labour have to make a positive case for the Union, not just a positive case for the Union run by Labour. At their conference this weekend, they failed to do that, and time is running out.

Why the Jimmy Mubenga trial matters. By ex-Chief Inspector of Prisons Lord Ramsbotham

On Thursday the Crown Prosecution Service announced that three former G4S guards, Stuart Tribelnig, Terry Hughes and Colin Kaler, would stand trial for the manslaughter of Jimmy Mubenga on a BA plane in October 2010. Long before Mubenga's death, Lord Ramsbotham was among those who warned repeatedly that Home Office contractors used dangerous methods of restraint.

Scotland isn't different, it's Britain that's bizarre

Britain is in a state of self denial, sitting at the bottom of European league tables, but convinced it still rules the waves. The aspirations of the SNP may seem ambitious, but all they are really proposing is to be a normal European country.

London's NHS at the crossroads

A duty of candour for NHS managers and ending cash-driven closures - those are amongst the recommendations of the People's Inquiry into London's NHS which raises serious concerns of creaking services in the capital. 

Republicans, virtue and the values of the market

Republicans are often accused of being inconsistent, or even incoherent, in embracing free market policies that are incompatible with their own ideas about civic virtue. But is this accusation fair?

Treat your own dementia, Essex patients told

As Essex council closes the only daycare centre for dementia patients in the South of the county, its councillors cause a storm by suggesting a one-day 'dementia cube' workshop is a suitable alternative.

The media and climate change: it’s worse than you think

The media scoffs at climate predictions but accepts economic predictions unquestioningly. But evidence shows that climatologists are much more accurate than economists in forecasting the future.

Votes at 16 - is the UK waking up to our young citizens?

Young people should be welcomed into the democratic system. This is an opportunity we should not pass up.

Combating racism at an English university: I, Too, Am Oxford

'Student experience' is not just about teaching and learning, assessment and feedback. Fellow students' racism causes lifelong damage. Fresh campaigns by students on both sides of the Atlantic expose ignorance and abuse with strength, solidarity and wit.

We are not going to take it any more: fighting for the CBC

In Canada jaw-jaw about the plight of the national broadcaster, CBC*, is giving way to war-war as some prepare to mount the barricades. Jeffrey Dvorkin, on behalf of PBC21 -- Public Broadcasting in Canada for the 21st Century – presents a back to square-one manifesto.

The strange story of Scottish Labour, unloved and misunderstood

Scottish Labour isn't the selfish beast some make it out to be, but it has lost its way in a devolved Scotland.

Another killing in British detention: who was Alois Dvorzac?

The UK immigration apparatus killed an 84-year-old Canadian citizen. The human story behind the oldest victim of Britain's dangerous obsession with punishing migrants.

Asylum seekers in the UK: Let them work and let them eat

A new Bill would remove most grounds of appeal for immigration decisions, turn landlords into immigration police and extend charges for NHS care. On Monday Peers challenged the government to exercise some humanity.

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