In a passionate speech to her fellow Liberal Democrats Jo Shaw, a parliamentary candidate in the 2010 elections, tells them why she has to leave the party now that its leadership has abandoned the core principle of its existence.
Tony Blair's continued insistence of the war in Iraq as the 'right choice' displays a crucial incomprehension of the disastrous legacy of the invasion and occupation, as well as the falsified narrative of British history that supported it. Now, the architect of Britain's most disastrous intervention in recent history is issuing a call to arms in Syria.
Men are, by a huge margin, the sex responsible for
violent, sexual and other serious crime. The economic cost of this ‘masculine
excess’ in delinquency is staggering - to say nothing of its emotional toll.
Why is the social shaping of masculinity not an urgent policy issue?
Previous contributions to this debate have identified worker coops and
mutuals as one route to a citizens' economy. But does the strike by cleaning staff at John Lewis
point to some problems
and limitations of co-operative models?'
Beneath the diplomatic language the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee's report seems to support criticisms made by campaigners: the regulations are at odds with ministerial assurances that commissioners would retain control of competition, and they do indeed open nearly all NHS services to competition.
John Osmond reflects on how far Wales has come in the last 15 years, as he steps down after a long career as head of the Institute of Welsh Affairs. The history demonstrates the unstoppable dynamic built into the devolution process. Now Wales is at the forefront of thinking on the possible future of a ‘Britannic federation’.
The political theorist Bonnie Honig talks to IPPR's Juncture about the roots of her thinking, the radical and positive potential of political contestation and the importance of ‘public things’ in a vibrant democracy.
Horrors like MidStaffs are unfortunately a daily reality in America. They don’t even make the news. By some estimates, the US loses about 75,000 people a year to inadequate treatment, another 22,000 die due to lack of insurance, and hardly anyone notices.
The Scottish Catholic Church was hit with a sex abuse scandal last week, while the Rangers football team defended itself against evidence of tax avoidance and illegality. Contrary to how Scotland likes to see itself, it is weak at holding power to account. These two unfolding scandals show this has to change.
What if London is drawing closer to New
York and Dubai, but further away from Gloucestershire? Or still more
specifically: the stylish bits of London closer to fashionable Manhattan, but
further from Hackney and Brixton?
The Justice and Security Bill is moving swiftly through parliament. Few appreciate the true extent of the threat to civil liberties and an open judicial system. The clock is ticking for the right to a fair trial in Britain.
company that inspects Britain’s schools, trains our armed forces, runs our
prisons, maintains our nuclear weapons, and is taking over big chunks of our
NHS, reported stunning financial results today.
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