Does the Scottish
Government's proposed Children and Young People Bill represent an
"unacceptable intrusion on liberty" that "could
actually harm the state's ability to track genuinely at risk
children", as Mel
Kelly argued on OurKingdom last week?
Barnardo’s Scotland argues that the proposals in fact represent a
progressive model of universal services and early intervention.
It's not just the money, it's the direction our marketised universities are taking - enormous rewards at the top combined with a race to the bottom approach for all other staff, and a system of fees that is exacerbating inequality. It's wrong and we oppose it.
A lecture first given at Warwick University on how we should think about political leadership in contemporary
democracies, against a background of declining participation in
representative democracy, increased concentrations of economic and
political power, and challenges to public bureaucracies.
Last week at
Westminster, the home secretary introduced a late amendment to an
immigration-control bill which would allow her to make UK citizens stateless—without
first requiring recourse to the courts.
Last week, 150 student protesters were penned by the police into an area of Birmingham University campus for 4 hours. The Birmingham student guild released a statement condemning the protest. Here, one of its officers speaks out in defence of the students.
The political deployment
of corporate wealth has escaped not only the constraints of constitutional rules
but even the debates over those rules. Doesn’t the removal of corporate decisions
into the hands of judges and corporate lawyers challenge individual freedom as
much as a ‘nanny state’?
As Davos trade negotiators announced they would 'consult' over one part of the controversial deal, the TUC met them to ask if the deal would really benefit ordinary people - or just offer up our public services to multinational investors.
Robert Jubb and Stuart White interview John McCormick about his 2011 book, Machiavellian Democracy, and ask what lessons can be drawn today about democratising power and embedding constitutional authority for the common citizen.