Nigel Lawson's provocations on the EU question raise some important points. It is no longer tenable to trot out the same tired arguments for the Union. It has very serious failings. A positive account of the UK's membership must address them head on.
During the re-writing of history after Margaret Thatcher's death, a story remained untold. This was the support the Iron Lady enjoyed from some Black activists, due not least to the crushing of the 'racist' union movement.
Nick Seddon, former lobbyist and private healthcare advocate, today walks through the doors of `10 Downing Street to lead on health policy formation for David Cameron. What does this say about Cameron’s real attitude to the lobbying game he has publicly decried? And what kind of policies will Seddon be pushing now? There are good reasons to be concerned.
UK political debate, boundaries are being blurred between the two hot topics on
the political agenda: migration and the EU. This should be a wake-up
call for the 2.7 million European immigrants living and working in the UK, says Nando
The Scottish nationalists want to win next years independence vote by saying things will not change while those opposing them paint 'separation' as a disaster yet call for the UK to leave the EU in order to... stay the same. What are we to make of it?
In 1977 the autonomist collective A/Traverso were violently arrested
by the Italian state. While the majority of their literature was lost or
destroyed, fragments remain that provide vital context to democratic struggles
in Europe today.
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?
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