Allowing corporations to sue governments for changing their laws may be common, but it's not good

Around the world, countries are rejecting exactly the kinds of dispute mechanisms that the EU/US trade deal is trying to foist on us.

40 reasons to support Scottish independence - reasons 1-3

The first three of forty reasons to support Scottish independence - geography, numbers, and sociology...

We must do more to protect children and young people in prison

Filthy cells with broken windows, open to the elements. Life in England's worst prison — and it's for young people.

Five lessons Britain must learn from the botched privatisation of asylum housing

A Parliamentary watchdog reports on the dangerous consequences of an ill-conceived, badly planned and poorly executed rush to privatise

Media ownership: the elephant in the room

The recent tabloid attacks on foodbanks shows once again why urgent reform of the media is so urgent.

England has relatively few hospital beds - so why are there calls to close more?

The UK already has fewer hospital beds than most of Europe, so why do 'think tanks' suggest we should close more? John Lister finds a complex situation but sees other agendas behind their proposals to shift care to 'specialist centres' or 'in the community'. 

Allowing corporations to sue governments for changing their laws may be common, but it's not good

Around the world, countries are rejecting exactly the kinds of dispute mechanisms that the EU/US trade deal is trying to foist on us.

A moment of honesty is required - New Labour began the dismantling of our NHS

Labour must pledge that it believes hospitals and community health services should be publicly owned, publicly run and publicly accountable, writes Kailash Chand OBE.

Patients occupy threatened mental health clinic, some signs of victory?

A seven-week occupation of a Cambridge NHS mental health clinic in Britain threatened with closure is having more success than past campaigning - is this the way forward?

Old nation, new age

When it comes to countries in the modern world, is bigger really better?

We must find ways to devolve economic power

If Labour wish to decentralise power, they must accept that ownership matters: the alternative is a continued shift of power  - and two recent books show the road forwards.

Sectarian strife in Luton town

Why did an ad in a local British paper create such a furore?

Why are so many children in the UK going hungry?

More children in UK rely on food aid than ever before.  What chance of tackling the complexities of poverty if the government is not even working to prevent children from going hungry?

New OurKingdom series - There is an Alternative

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Today we launch a new series on ideas for reshaping the UK's dysfunctional economy, centering on the new Civitas pamphlet from economist and businessman John Mills.

There is an alternative: the British economy can thrive once more

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As things stand, the British economy faces a future of decline. But it doesn't have to be this way - there is an alternative. Here, we publish a full pamphlet from John Mills outlining his plan for the British economy after 2015. For a summary, see here.

Don't forget what the economy is for: response to Mills

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In response to John Mills, the New Economics Foundation's head of social policy argues that it's vital that economists like John Mills don't ignore that the economy is woven into society and dependent upon the planet.

Video - Richard Seymour on his new book, Against Austerity

The author talks about his new book, an extract of which OurKingdom has published here.

Fascism swelling in Britain

Fascist protests on the streets are a growing sign of the dark forces emerging from capital's post-08 sterility.

An extract from Against Austerity

Austerity may seem self defeating but the forces maintaining it are not stupid, they are masters of self interest and self enrichment - it is critical that we consider the rational case for austerity from the viewpoint of those implementing it and lobbying for it.

The fight against fracking continues

Britain's only Green MP writes about her acquital after being arrested for blockading the entrance to a fracking site in Balcomb, Sussex.

Why Better Together are slowly losing the argument and Scotland

The Better Together campaign is in real trouble

A turning point in the National Union of Students?

NUS conference has backed free education after many years of opposing it. Is a change in the air?

Response from NHS Confederation

The CEO of NHS Confederation responds to our recent article by Gary Walker, Kings Funds suggests NHS fees - but is it really 'independent'?

Book review - The Blunders of our Governments

Modern governments of all stripes screw up too often.  A new study of their blunders suggests that ‘strong government’, traditionally the great strength of the governing system, is to blame.  Let’s hear it for deliberative democracy.

One life in investigative journalism

A Q&A with Clare Sambrook, OurKingdom co-editor and co-founder of the End Child Detention Now campaign. Interviewer: Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, writer-in-residence at Lacuna.

Why I'll move to Scotland after I graduate if it votes yes

One Durham University student explains why he'll be moving north if it's a yes vote in Scotland.

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