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Tom Rowley is editor of oDR.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Lessons from Rio: how can the BBC compete with bigger sports broadcasters?

As the Rio Olympics draws to a close, we take a look at the how the BBC can protect itself from losing out to broadcasters like Sky and BT Sport.

Federalism and the European left

Politically, it may well be ideologically hopeless. But it is crucial to realize that, institutionally, the EU is a very plastic organization.

Should Jeremy Corbyn learn from Hillary Clinton’s education plan?

Student debt is as American as apple pie. But the system is in crisis, which is why Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is proposing to scrap university tuition fees.

The BBC must improve how it reports statistics

The BBC has a unique position in British society, with a reputation for fairness, impartiality, and usefulness.

My 350 on BREXIT: No apocalypse

"In India, the liberalization of the foreign direct investment (FDI) regime and related reforms are and will decide the direction of the economy, and no, Brexit is not a factor."

Seven reasons why a second EU referendum looks unlikely

Debate is not focused on the UK’s retreat from solidarity, partnership, voice, influence and the multiple connecting ties of the EU.

Sharia, security and the church: dangers of the British Home Office Inquiry

Does the UK’s Sharia Review resemble the sharia ‘courts’: secretive procedures and discriminatory advisors? Are the Home Office and the Church ignoring conflicts of interest and evidence of discrimination?

Lessons from the UK’s Chilcot Report for Turkey’s post-coup response

Chilcot says the state must put in place measures to systematically challenge the basic assumptions of the executive, however plausible they appear. No organ of the Turkish state can do that.

Fighting the politics of confusion

Post-factualism and incoherent political narratives are the right's new anti-opposition strategy — here’s what we must do.

DiEM25: confronting the ‘People’s Front of Judea’ dilemma

How can we possibly mobilise European millennials for progressive reform of the EU, if we continue to indulge in age-old petty bickering among the Left?

Children’s centres and integration

Children’s centres in the United Kingdom are a perfect institution to stimulate contact between different groups and therefore help the integration of minorities.  

Independence Day for the BBC?

In an uncertain ‘Brexit Britain’, we must ensure that the BBC remains a public broadcaster, as free as possible from state interference.

Digital democracy meets the oligarchs uptown

If Labour is to win the next general election, these activists must enthuse those who aren't their Facebook friends, Twitter followers or blog readers.

The Brexit vote raises more questions than answers

Why did people vote the way they did, what were they voting for, and will they still feel the same way when the time comes to leave the EU? 

Does Brexit really matter? Yes, as the end of the UK

The Tory party has been in bed with the City for a century. It is not beyond belief to suppose that Cameron’s goal was always Leave while apparently leading Remain.

Far away view of Brexit

“To go to a referendum was curious… the UK has a regime of representative government that works to ensure that popular concerns have only limited impact on the conduct of government.”

Can the British monarchy last forever?

Increasing awareness of the shady dealings of the monarchy - and the institutions that protect it - are leading to a growing republican movement in the UK.

Britain's nuclear-weapons future: no done deal

A new British nuclear arsenal will face great obstacles. Not least: is it legal?

How the BBC can create a better digital public sphere

The BBC’s remit is not just broadcast. It has the power to improve our experiences online, and to realise the digital public sphere we want.

My 350 on BREXIT: Last call for new leaders?

We could yet be thanking the UK for saving us by the alarm bell.

Listening to Refugee Tales on the Pilgrim’s Way

The act of listening and the power of voice constitute the ‘act in the dark’ which can unite us and re-shape the punitive and hostile immigration landscape in Britain.

My 350 on BREXIT: From an immigrant’s perspective

It‘s utterly heartbreaking for me to see my British friends, once having been patriotic and loving their country, now want to leave Britain.

My 350 on BREXIT: Calais and post-Brexit Britain

We are no longer an empire and yet the legacies of imperialism are present every-day.

The United Kingdom is sleepwalking into renewing humanity’s deadliest weapons

The British public are tired of simplified, polarising campaign messages, and are fast losing faith in their elected representatives, setting the stage for a renewal of Trident by default.

UN talks on multilateral disarmament: you can run but cannot hide

As debate in the UK is pre-occupied with renewal of Trident there is an apparent lack of awareness that the world of non-proliferation and disarmament is changing around us.

My thoughts on BREXIT: History is written by the victors

Brexit has revealed a culture war, which the left has been quietly losing.

A question of leadership

The ‘new politics’ Jeremy Corbyn proclaims must be an explicit agenda of institutional change, not simply a change of style at the dispatch box.

My 350 on BREXIT: Asking the wrong question

We need, like my daughter, to start rebelling against the monodimensional models of identity we are asked to conform to.

My 350 on BREXIT: Ode to Joy

Custom has divided humanity, but it is the magic of humanity which can unite it again.

My 350 on BREXIT: The duty of members of parliament according to Edmund Burke

Parliament has to undertake the work involved, especially if the matter is extremely complicated.

My 350 on BREXIT: Take back control?

Global capitalism is more out of control than ever before.

My 350 on BREXIT: The will of the people in post-truth times

Negotiating with the EU may well prove much less challenging than negotiating with ourselves.

My 350 on BREXIT: Bremain hardly perfect

Reasons frequently given for opposing the outcome of the British referendum have not all been so reasonable.

Brexit: a dismantling moment

We have reached a turning point with an uncertain outcome, in which the British and European dimensions are two sides of the same coin.

What Labour should do now

To make a real difference, Britain's Labour Party should be bold and think big.

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