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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Darkest Hour: another film about 1940

Is this film any better at history than Dunkirk? Does it matter when you have such a multi-faceted central character as this ‘real war leader ’? Review.

No appetite for a deregulatory post-Brexit Britain: new findings on public attitudes

The transformation of the aims of Brexit emerged during the early days of the referendum campaign, when the cross-party campaign for leave realised where the route to broad-based success lay.

“Motivated by justice”: defending the world’s courageous people

Australian human rights lawyer and member of the legal team defending Wikileaks since 2010, talks about the hacker from Queensland who chose to fight against surveillance capitalism. Interview.

Gassing and selective applications of a ‘Red Line’: lest we forget

The gassing of people is considered exceptionally inhumane, officially a categorical “red line” dividing good from evil. This belief now threatens to trigger an escalation with unpredictable consequences.

Syria: stop asking questions!

Who gets to decide who is involved in pseudoscience and misdirection? Who asks the questions and who gets bamboozled? What role should the media play?

The Commonwealth gets extra attention

Some 5,000 participants from government, business and civil society have arrived for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The central theme of the deliberations is ‘Towards a Common Future’.

The Cam-Book gate scandal will not restore our privacy, will it?

For us to care about the practices of corporations, reclaim our privacy and contest mass-surveillance we should not need the shock therapy of Trumpian politics.

To beat the hard right we’ll need to change too – a response to Edmund Fawcett

Joining forces demands a democratic renewal that will dig deep into our cultures and our nations.

Honourable deceptions in the choreography of the Northern Ireland Peace Process

In some situations, the end does justify the means. In these anti-political times isn't it useful to remember the positive role political actors can play in making the world a better place?

The pursuit of real power

True power in the modern world lies in shifting the consensus to meet your aims — not in retreating until you have control in name only. 

The truth about Corbyn supporters’ Facebook groups

2,000 abusive messages are too thousand too many. Is there any more to be said? It seems there might be.

The rising precariat and left-transformation: an examination of the Five Star Movement and Corbyn’s Labour Party

Corbyn’s Labour like the Five Star Movement has adopted a policy agenda based on political and social justice.

Restore Julian Assange’s access to visitors and to the outside world

We call upon all citizens of good conscience to ask the Ecuadorian authorities to restore Assange’s access to the outside world, and demand that the British authorities end his detention.

Theresa May’s hostile immigration regime destroys another family

British migration policy forces working class families to choose between country and the people they love.

Beating the Cambridge Analyticas: change the way we (s)elect our representatives

As Aristotle put it: ‘It is accepted as democratic when public offices are allocated by lot, and as oligarchic when they are filled by election’ (Aristotle, Politics IV. 9, 1294b8).

Wretched third anniversary of international intervention in Yemen: the Saudi-led coalition and humanitarian disaster. Part 2

Trump’s recent senior appointments suggest an increasingly virulent anti-Iranian strategy which certainly coincides with that of the current Saudi regime. Things could hardly be worse.

The UK’s National Security Capabilities Review – another missed opportunity?

Will the Cabinet Office's publication next week of the report on the UK’s National Security Capabilities Review grasp the nettle? Regrettably, the signs are not good – ambiguous, short-term, overweeningly aggressive.

‘Cambridge Analytica’: surveillance is the DNA of the Platform Economy

The current social mobilization against Facebook resembles the actions of activists who, in opposition to neoliberal globalization, smash a McDonald’s window during a demonstration.

Not just a job: supporting refugees into sustainable employment

Persistent barriers to work are creating brain waste, serving as a loss for employers, society and refugees themselves.

Another dangerous ‘National Us’: you can’t have a more integrated society in a hostile environment

The UK Government’s strategy is not for an integrated society, focusing on what government and society could and should do, but for integrated 'communities', code word for everyone else.

Salisbury attack: establishing responsibilities – war paradigm vs. crime paradigm

What difference would it make to describe what happened as an international crime, the approach taken by Jeremy Corbyn, rather than in the language of military force?

Deportation and direct action in Britain: the ‘terrorist trial’ of the Stansted 15

The severity of the charge faced by the Stansted 15 should be seen as an important moment in defining the scope for non-violent protest in the UK.

Another Jew suspended for antisemitism – why is the UK Labour Party making such an unedifying spectacle of itself?

What, for example, has happened to the “fair and transparent " disciplinary procedures recommended by Shadow Attorney General, Shami Chakrabarti?

The horror of Syria - the curse on our houses

Aid workers speak out against the suffering of Syria, the failures of politicians and the cynicism of political campaigns to discredit foreign aid.

Labour's leavers are lukewarm for Brexit

Despite much heated criticism of 'lexiteers', new data shows Labour's leave vote taking a patient and measured approach to what Brexit means to them. Are they the key?

Fox/Sky: story so far – how will it end?

By next year, the UK’s biggest broadcasting company, Sky (including Sky News), will be owned by a US media giant: Fox, Disney or Comcast (or perhaps two of them).

A tribute to the fearless Laura Lee: freedom fighter for sex workers’ rights, and my friend

Laura Lee died on 7 February 2018. She was a leading activist who campaigned fearlessly for the decriminalisation of sex work in the UK.

Fear of forgetting – heroines who changed history

Simone De Beauvoir and Gisele Halimi were indefatigable. They wrote to every responsible official in the judiciary, military and government – up to General de Gaulle. Lest we forget.

Resettling scores: internationals in the UCU strike

“No more discipline, life’s magical” …  has been singing in my head as I see colleagues laugh in the face of the absurd claims by the all-round absurdness that is university management.

The ordinary virtues of cities

Talking to Phil Wood, co-founder of the intercultural cities model, last November, about love of cities, intercultural city planning, innovative local government, human rights and ‘ordinary virtues’. Interview.

Brexit: whose will, which public?

Taking part in public life is a deeply affective process, at once personal and collective, and social media might just help us bridge the gap between the two.

Was Machiavelli a democrat? Is he relevant today?

However you read The Prince, it is a reminder that the elementary condition of good government is effective government.

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Brexit Britain: are we all haunted by collapse?

The EU is literally following in the steps of the Soviet Union. I’ve been thinking about it since everything started with Greece…  Britain will be the first country.” Part two.

Clashing scales in Brexit Britain, or why we just can’t get along

The first of three essays contemplating the “complete reimagination of politics” which is the drama of Brexit. 

The new economics of Labour

Tory-supporting media, unchallenged by a supposedly liberal press, portray Corbyn as a Soviet fellow-traveller, while unnoticed the shadow chancellor sets out a vision which breaks with the bureaucratic model of 1945.

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