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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Online platforms have enabled “deluge of hatred against trans women” in the UK

Social media platforms have policies against discriminatory and hateful content – but LGBTQ+ rights activists say they’re not working.

Brexit (and Boris) torpedoed

The battle of Brexit has finally been joined as Boris Johnson is blown out of the water by his own brother.

Mental health and artificial intelligence: losing your voice

While we still can, let us ask, "Will AI exacerbate discrimination?" as the productive forces of mental health are restructured within a techno-psychiatric complex. Poem.

Revealed: How Arron Banks’s campaign ‘ambassador’ made his millions in Russia

Jim Mellon introduced Brexit ‘bad boys’ Nigel Farage and Arron Banks, and was a Leave.EU ambassador. He claims he hasn’t been involved in Russia since the 1990s. But our investigation shows he still has major financial exposure to Russian investments.

How Britain is a bad influence on the Gulf states – an interview with David Wearing

 Could Britain ever promote democracy in the Gulf? Only if it turns its own foreign policy away from neoliberalism and militarism, David Wearing argues in a new book.

Revealed: Arron Banks’s staff crunched millions of voters’ data after Brexit vote

Whistleblower says Banks’s staff were told to ‘urgently’ process personal information on millions of voters after the referendum – and still had it months later. Why?

Why politicians need to 'take responsibility' for children's health too

This government is betraying children on a grand scale, and making positive ‘choices’ impossible.

Reflections on the ‘open letter’ debate: a middle way to approaching the radical right?

How should we study, present, and represent the radical right? Some from among the hitherto quiet observers speak up, in the interests of a broader conversation.

No way to run the world

 A decade after the financial crash, an epic repeat is on course. Español

Whistleblowers say Arron Banks ‘misled’ viewers on BBC Andrew Marr show

Brexit funder said staff working for his controversial Leave campaign were put on different contracts, and declared to elections watchdog. But evidence seen by openDemocracy tells a very different story.

The tightrope of Brexit and class appeal: can Corbyn make it?

If Labour seeks to mobilize its traditional working-class base, changes in MPs´ backgrounds may be far more relevant than any change in its policies.

Stop and search doesn't solve knife crime, so why not try something new?

Stop and Search is to modern policing what bloodletting was to ancient medicine - ineffective, but clung to.

Migration complexity requires a less conditional compassion

We must not replace misleading and dehumanising portraits of migration with mono-dimensional accounts of vulnerability and victimhood, which paradoxically continue to set those on the move apart from us.

The UK Government must not sacrifice our rights in the name of security after Brexit

Theresa May has made no indication or commitment that she plans to hold onto some hardwon vital safeguards after Brexit.

Arron Banks lied to parliament about his Brexit campaign, say whistleblowers

Major Brexit bankroller, now under investigation by the National Crime Agency, “deliberately misled” parliament about his insurance company’s political work, and amassed campaign data ‘warchest’

The rising tide of national populism: we need to talk seriously about immigration

There is a key democracy argument in this new book which calls for an urgent step change in our liberal democracies and a new type of political leadership.

Trump or Brussels: Brexit and the art of 'No deal'

Even if the UK parliament approves a Brexit agreement it will satisfy no one. The real choice the country faces is beween re-entering the EU or becoming a satellite of Washington.

Trans rights: Woman’s Place UK responds to 50.50’s report

A co-founder of the women’s group responds to openDemocracy’s report analysing opposition to potential gender recognition reforms in the UK.

Trump – don’t let ‘Tommy Robinson’ preach his anti-Muslim message in the US

Right wing members of Congress have invited the EDL founder to a major event in Washington DC, despite his criminal record.

Why legal aid matters and what you can do about it

Cuts to legal aid are causing widespread injustice and likely costing the taxpayer more. The government are reviewing the cuts. We have a final chance to tell them we care.

7 ways the ‘Finance Curse’ harms the UK – how can we lift it?

The City of London is a huge drag on the UK’s real economy. But we can – and must – lift the 'Finance Curse'.

UK sexual politics have become ‘profoundly authoritarian’ says Beatrix Campbell

I interviewed the prominent feminist amid ‘heated and toxic’ debates over proposed reforms to the UK’s Gender Recognition Act.

Why Labour's pledge to "renationalise electricity" doesn't go far enough

And how a Canadian province might show the way forward to deliver cheap, sustainable, democratic, planned electricity supplies.

Here’s why not everyone in fishing is excited about Brexit

It’s not the EU that’s breaking the UK’s small fishing fleets, it’s the big industry players. And Brexit could make that worse.

How the precariat – and UBI – can stop neoliberalism from destroying the planet

Taxes on exploiting the commons - both exhaustible and non-exhaustible resources - could be used to give people basic financial security.

The budget offers the NHS scraps – and fails to see off the privatisers

There was little on offer in yesterday’s budget to meaningfully help struggling hospitals, health and social care services. So it's up to us to organise.

Opposing labour market Uberculosis

Uber is appealing the ruling that its drivers deserve workers’ rights. Meanwhile its drivers show strike action is possible against ‘platform capitalism’.

The 'Big Four' and the UK government: too close for comfort

In the 'Big Four' accountancy investigations, can independent regulators bite the hand on which central government feeds? 

Mark Zuckerberg’s dilemma – what to do with the monster he has created?

Facebook seems surprised that its monopolistic platform has been weaponised by political actors. So who's going to tackle the perfect storm, asks John Naughton?

England – the nation that is not to be named?

Where once politicians spoke of England when they meant Britain, they now speak of Britain when they mean England.

Agora Europe disembarks in the UK

It is a paradoxical time in which it is possible to create a transnational, European anti-Europe league, but seemingly impossible to create a pro-European one. Time to talk.

Paging Mr Aaronovitch: The Radical Right doesn't need any more help from the mainstream

In case anyone doesn't know it yet, the Radical Right is scarcely without a platform.

George Osborne’s Evening Standard under fire (again) over lucrative Uber deal

Exclusive: Politicians call on UK advertising watchdog to investigate paid-for content dressed up as news at London’s biggest paper, after glowing articles about the controversial taxi app firm appear – but with no mention of sponsorship in hundreds of thousands of copies of the newspaper

"Deal" or "Secret Deal" – the EU-UK trade deal looks even more secretive than TTIP

While the media focus on the withdrawal deal, City lobbyists are working to set the agenda of the future EU-UK trade deal, whilst the public is kept in the dark.

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