The many legislatures under Westminster's wing

There are around 18 legislatures responsible to Westminster, spread across the world and with a whole plethora of constitutional arrangements.

Book review: A Quiet Word

This book shines a bright light on the murky dealings surrounding politics, PR, big business and journalism, but the real issue it uncovers may not be lobbying but rather the dire state of our democracy.

Free event: After the Party? The future of and beyond the mass party

In collaboration with OurKingdom, the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life at Birkbeck are hosting a free debate on April 24 about the future of mass party politics - is radical reform needed, or will we move beyond parties completely?

Man loses job. What next? (He's G4S's Nick Buckles, by the way)

What happens after a government outsourcer fails shareholders and the public, and the boss loses his job? Nick Buckles gets £1,200,000 — and a pension of more than £400,000 a year.

Woman stands naked on airport runway, takes overdose

Britain deports mentally ill asylum seekers in leg restraints and paper suits. A new report by the prisons inspector sheds light on an ugly business.

UKIP is closer to the left than many think

UKIP is a work in progress. Its membership is among the most receptive to policies which many see as left wing, and its structure will almost inevitably encourage policy initiatives which reflect this. A new book, ‘Revolt on the right, has started the process of making this understood.

Muslims in prison: over-representation and under-reformation

Much more work needs to be done in understanding and interpreting the high rates of Muslim incarceration and re-offending in Britain as the picture is more complex than some suggest.

The battle of '37 days'

The series screenwriter and producer of 37 Days, a three-parter in the BBC's mammoth four-year commemoration of the First World War, takes issue with David Elstein's criticisms. The past is another country - but wars can be fought over it just the same.

Richard Hoggart: cultural critic and educationalist, 24 September 1918 - 10 April 2014

Richard Hoggart, one of Britain's leading cultural commentators and public intellectuals, has died aged 95.

Why we should all be alarmed about our new university 'businesses' and their enforcers

As has become clear, the universities are colluding with police and even the unions to clamp down on student protest and workers' demands. There is a common strand that links these elements, and the overall picture is deeply alarming.

Sceptical Scotland needs to be listened to and respected

We need to respect the real concerns of the different peoples of Scotland.

Scotland - towards a new foreign policy

The former Labour leader in Scotland and former NATO Secretary General says independence would be good for 'the forces of darkness'. This reveals how trapped he is in a hawkish, pro-war world view.

Scotland, independence and the EU elections

The European election is the last major political set piece event in the UK before Scotland votes on its constitutional future. Who wins that vote could have a profound impact on the country.

Kings Fund suggests NHS fees - but is it really 'independent'?

The question of NHS 'affordability' is used by think tanks and politicians to browbeat us into accepting regressive changes that suit the few, not the many. Better options to save money are ignored.

Understand the left case for independence before you dismiss it

The authors of "Yes - the radical case for Scottish independence" respond to Robert Lamb's criticism of left independence supporters.

Lords impede UK citizen-stripping move

In the latest episode in the UK government’s attempts to extend its power to strip UK citizens of their nationality, the House of Lords has thrown a spanner in the works.

"a good global citizen": Alex Salmond's speech on Scotland's role in the world

Alex Salmond gave a speech this week at the opening of Glasgow Caledonian University's new campus in New York. He spoke of the role he wishes an independent Scotland to play in the world.

'We all bring something to the table' Young migrants in the UK

At an event in London, young migrants explored the interweaving narratives of Britain and their own lives.

What is slavery?

The UK Modern Slavery Bill is based on an outdated definition of slavery.

How to use housing to hurt people: Britain's hostile environment for asylum seekers

The hidden injuries of asylum housing — inflicted by G4S.

We need to talk about solidarity

It's time for a fresh debate about solidarity.

Appeal: donate to Scotland's conversation with the world

Today we launch an appeal to fund our Scottish referendum series – because the indendence debate needs independent journalism.

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?

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