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.
It is absurd to replace inadequate housing for the poor with adequate housing for the poor - let's not repeat the mistakes of the past. Shiny regeneration will shift them out to somewhere they can afford and provide great opportunities for property speculation to boot. This is London, after all.
This book shines a bright light on the murky dealings surrounding politics, PR, big business and journalism, but the real issue it uncovers may not be lobbying but rather the dire state of our democracy.
In collaboration with OurKingdom, the Centre
for the Study of British Politics and Public Life at Birkbeck are hosting a free debate on April 24 about the future of mass party politics - is radical reform needed, or will we move beyond parties completely?
UKIP is a work in progress. Its membership
is among the most receptive to policies which many see as left wing, and its
structure will almost inevitably encourage policy initiatives which reflect
this. A new book, ‘Revolt on the right’,
has started the process of making this understood.
As has become clear, the universities are colluding with police and even the unions to clamp down on student protest and workers' demands. There is a common strand that links these elements, and the overall picture is deeply alarming.