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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Lexit: The biggest unicorn of them all

Lexiters who portray the EU as mostly underpinned by Hayekian neoliberalism have got it wrong, writes Paul Walsh.

Salmond, Sturgeon and the end of the SNP's imperial era

Just when Scotland's voice is needed in the Brexit mess, the SNP's famous internal discipline seems to be disintegrating into factionalism.

Brexit – The Uncivil War: The former Chair of Labour Leave responds

As we look for ways through the current Brexit impasse, it’s crucial to understand both the key role played by Labour Eurosceptics in swinging the vote – and that movement’s long history.

Beyond the Brexit pantomime

Forget the political melodrama. What matters most are the deep weaknesses in our democracy that Brexit has exposed – and which extend across Europe.

Can we please learn from history?

In their enthusiasm for a new cold war against China and Russia, the western establishments of today are making a mistake comparable to that of their forbears of 1914.

Paddy Ashdown – a frank remembrance

Ashdown’s successes as a relatable man, a tactician and a statesman should not blind us to his strategic failures.

Labour's plan: climate, not Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn's promise of radical change is moving closer to fulfilment

How do we ensure that Project Hope overcomes Project Fear?

Caroline Lucas’s speech to The Convention: Think Anew, Act Anew, Another Vote is Possible, London, 11 January 2019

¿Qué hay después del final abrupto del fin de la historia?

El ciclo Seis contradicciones y el fin del presente del Centro de Estudios del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, nació evocando la urgencia de volver a imaginar un horizonte de transformación.

Think Anew, Act Anew: a Convention on Brexit and a People's Vote

An emergency, public gathering in London will take place this Friday ahead of the big parliamentary debate on the UK and the EU. Come along!

Revealed: the dirty secrets of the DUP’s ‘dark money’ Brexit donor

MPs call on Richard Cook to “emerge from the shadows” after we uncover his trail of illegal waste, unpaid bills and court documents stretching from India to California.

White is the new black: populism and the academic alt-right

“It is our duty to expose this moral agenda for what it is, not by 'deplatforming' them – only adding victimisation to their already lavish arsenal – but through reasoned argument.”

What the ‘Drone Wolf’ tries to teach us

The event at Gatwick airport, surely orchestrated by a resentful philosopher, demystifies the workings of our everyday.

Phantom foreign investors for an open new Uzbekistan

A high-profile urban development project in Tashkent is designed to showcase the country for western capital. Our investigation suggests principal investors are from much closer to home. 

A People’s Vote without a People’s Debate won’t bring about Another Europe

An open letter to Another Europe Is Possible on the democratic component fatally lacking from the Brexit process hitherto.

John Cleese stars in animation about the state of British democracy

He won't return to the UK from the Caribbean island of Nevis until “we get Proportional Representation”.

Doctors leaders call on government to halt NHS migrant charges

The Royal College of Physicians have today joined with other Royal Colleges to call on the government to suspend upfront charging of overseas visitors within the NHS, calling them a "concerning barrier to care".

‘Deserving’ settlement in post-Brexit Britain: challenges posed by the settled status scheme

It's striking that the difference between the proof of continuous residence under the settlement scheme and the EU understanding of “lawful status” has not been more widely debated.  

We need a People’s Government, not a People’s Vote

A People’s Vote with a Tory Government in occupation would also be a People’s Vote of the right, by the right, and for the right.

The Common Travel Area (CTA): complacent talk about migration

Whether the UK leaves the EU or not, and no matter under what terms, the fight to uphold higher standards in public debate is a vital task for a human-centred world.

The conceptual paradox of trusting in Brexit

What the UK government is asking for is not trust but blind faith – literally like turkeys knowing they will be on the Christmas menu with some choice in the various permutations of vegetable.

Sara’s story should speak to us all on International Migrants Day

Her story – of survival, of wanting a better life, and of the need for human contact – is as old as the story of mankind itself.

Theresa May, Max Weber, Brexit, and political leadership

May doesn’t believe in Brexit at all, but behaves as though she does, indeed as though it has been her burning ambition since she entered the House of Commons.  

Airbnbizing Europe: mobility, property and platform capitalism

New social class distinctions are increasingly relocated outside the borders of a particular national economy, becoming transnational and carried out by ‘ordinary people’.

Why we need renters' unions more than ever

What these stories highlight is a more general social truth: to be a tenant is to be precarious, at continual risk of rent rise, legal disputes and being evicted.

Brexit and the British constitution: it doesn't work

If Parliament is sovereign and wants to vote, it votes. If someone else (the government) is in a position to “give” it the right to vote, it is not sovereign.

A very English take on Denmark

“Here’s also why Brexit happened. Europe is a mystery. Europeans come from a faraway land. Australia is nearer.”

Labour's Brexit trilemma: in search of the least bad outcome

The great irony of Brexit is that most outcomes will lead to a loss of sovereignty and democracy. But there is a route forward.

Save Ridley Road – how the community is fighting back against faceless developers

Whilst the media bemoans the ‘death of the high street’, across London, investors are trying to drive out the kind of local, culturally appropriate small retail that keeps areas alive.

Brexit Citizens Assembly: rising to the United Kingdom's crisis in democracy

On Brexit, as with every other big issue, the future will be negotiated not imposed.

What the Anti-Nazi-League and Rock against Racism teach us about how to defeat the fascists

The challenge is on the streets, at the ballot box, and through popular culture, as a new history makes clear.

The Brexit disaster is an existential crisis in the ‘Idea’ of Britain

Brexit – driven by unenlightened, defiantly anti-modern nationalism – could be the most serious constitutional crisis since Great Britain’s inception in 1707.

It's time for the DUP to ditch its Brexit crusade and wake up to Northern Ireland’s real issues

Northern Irish confidence is in short supply as political deadlock continues and the DUP flirt with No Deal and non-existent alternatives.

The double standards applied to academic freedom

The political right is not only cracking down on academic freedoms, but has started simultaneously to become a fierce advocate of an aggressively anti-intellectual freedom of speech.

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