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.

Tony Benn and the radical socialist tradition

Tony Benn was a socialist, a radical, a democrat, and firmly rooted in the British tradition.

Tony Benn really was ‘dangerous’ – to the establishment

Hilary Wainwright looks back at how Benn's frustrations in government spurred him to spend his life fighting for real democracy.

Tony Benn: a memoir

Stuart Weir was an early Bennite in the 1970s, fell out with his hero over Tony Benn’s campaign against the Labour Party leadership in the 1980s, and fell for him again when he became a popular sage after 2001.  Here he explains a complex relationship with Labour’s  most inspiring politician.

British citizen, British justice?

The British home secretary can deprive of their citizenship individuals whose presence in the UK she deems “not conducive to the public good”. For one man, this has become a Kafkaesque nightmare.

The future of care.data hangs in the balance

Government amendments on care.data have done little to reassure critics of the project - could an alternative amendment still buy some time to sort out the mess?

The Scottish Yes parties are the political winners from the referendum, and other lessons from last week's polls

Polls last week show how damaged the Better Together parties have been by their negative campaigns in Scotland, while an English UKIP Euro victory could boost the yes campaign.

The myth of the keyboard warrior: public participation and 38 Degrees

Preliminary findings after completing an ethnographic study of 38 Degrees suggest that this is a new type of organisation.

Citizenship deprivation: A new politics of nationalism?

As instances of citizenship deprivation rise in Britain year on year, we face a situation in which rather than the governed choosing their government, governments choose who they wish to govern. Agnes Woolley reports from an event at Middlesex University. 

States of imagination

People at once both despise and desire the state, and unpicking the paradoxes within attitudes to the state is essential to understanding how to move the state forward.

'Democratic Wealth': clearing a path to the future

The left must move from sharing spoils to shared control of the economy if they are to clear a path towards the future. We publish the afterword to the free e-book Democratic Wealth: Building a Citizens' Economy, published today by openDemocracy and Politics in Spires (universities of Oxford and Cambridge).

This market isn't working. UK government contractors exploit secrecy and weak competition

The government keeps taxpayers in the dark about billions paid to private contractors. A Parliamentary watchdog demands transparency and proof that competition exists.

Podcast: 2014 matters: debt and economic justice in Scotland and the world

What would Scottish independence mean for debt and economic justice? A panel came together in Aberdeen to discuss what the referendum means for Scotland's place in the world.

Do not be frightened, divided or demoralised, Tony Benn speaks to the Convention on Modern Liberty

In 2009 Tony Benn who died this morning made a video for the Convention on Modern Liberty, organised by openDemocracy and the Guardian. 

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