The beautiful game is rotting because of its place in the global economy: meaningful participation and attachment is being commodified, a process which brings great whooshes of cash into football. Can the game be fixed for the better?
How would a Yes or No vote in the referendum affect the everyday lives of Scots? The question of the Scottish constitution goes far beyond the
domain of institutional relations. Crucial to this is the shape
and nature of the welfare state envisioned. This is the second piece in the debate series 'Restating Scotland'.
As a key part of the EU-US trade deal currently being fleshed out, the Conservatives are making good on a decades old fantasy of theirs - breaking up the NHS and opening it to global business. This is the reality and it's happening now.
It is hard to overstate the implications for the general public of the NHS privatisation regulations going through parliament as we speak. Caroline Molloy speaks to a range of experts about their fears for what these regulations will mean in practice and why everyone should be very, very worried.
The government's ill considered "squatting law" was badly written, inadequately debated and drew opposition from both the Law Society and the Met police, to name but two. It is time to repeal section 144.
Will those with money ever hand it over to change the systems that enriched them? No, say the Edge Fund, a new democratic funding body setup to fund radical projects. Here's what they propose to do instead.
Scotland is resisting the attack on British welfare, but blocking policy can only do so much. Scotland needs an examination and restatement of its distinct civil society and institutions. This is the first piece in the ‘Restating Scotland’ debate series.
Across Britain a variety of people and alliances are seeking to respond to Westminster's strategy of economic austerity and political stasis, and calls are made for both a constitutional convention and a People's Assembly. Can they unite economic protest with change to the political system itself?
Today sees the transformation of the British welfare system, combining crippling cuts to benefits with the full blown marketisation of England's NHS. This is Cameron's "compassionate conservatism". Scotland and the UK must find a different way.
Ivan Illich's ‘Energy & Equity’ shows how large-scale energy systems entail inequality, unfreedom, and loss of human dignity. The workfare debate between Aaron Peters and Tony Curzon Price ignores this crucial social and environmental dimension
An unprecedented public inquiry into the UK press has ended in squabbles over legal semantics. The biggest loser is in fact the British public, who will continue to be subject to misinformation and bias as before.
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