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Mairi Mackay is openDemocracy’s senior editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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.

Feminist Dissent: why a new journal on gender and fundamentalism?

A new journal, Feminist Dissent, aims to create a space to interrogate the multi-faceted links between historical and resurgent religious fundamentalism and gender.

When our watchdog becomes a bloodthirsty attackdog, be wary

Jeremy Corbyn has been variously described in the British press as unelectable, comic and highly dangerous. How should a healthy democracy respond to politicians pursuing a different kind of democracy?

My 350 on BREXIT: European identity beginning

“Against all the odds, a European identity is emerging, even in Britain.”

My 350 on BREXIT: Not my country

The referendum was subverted into a push for ethnic cleansing. No-one stopped it and no-one will undo it now.. WHY?

Refusing to recognise polygamy in the West: a solution or a soundbite?

Polygamy in the UK and the West raises many questions and challenges: integration of migrant communities, ensuring adherence to State laws, the role of Sharia courts and balancing freedom of religion and gender equality.

My 350 on BREXIT: the state of the union

As narcissistic children of relativism and post-modernism, what else can we resort to but the faith in our own dreams, our own narratives?

Brexit, the Somme and football

Often it seems that the deep historical roots of people’s experiences of exclusion go unconsidered.

My 350 on BREXIT: Electoral reform

"Not everybody has a say in how Britain is run and devolution alone cannot remedy this."

Scotland and Brexit – what should Scotland do next?

Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has barely put a foot wrong in the days since the UK voted for Brexit. What should she do next?

My 350 on BREXIT: A wake-up call for the International Development sector

“There can only be one answer …if the international development sector is to reclaim lost credibility and relevance in the communities that voted leave.”

My 350 on BREXIT: Fighting for youthful minds in Latvia

"The British example should be a lesson for all of Europe  -  to remain united and at the same time not to lose its national identities."

My 350 on BREXIT: Responsibility

"I am entitled to shout this from the mountaintop since I have been asking since the referendum was called: How are political decisions made in this country?"

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