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Brexit is a consequence of low upward mobility

In the Brexit referendum, UK citizens were pleading through their vote – and non-vote – for a fair shot at the future.

In defence of (some) conspiracy theory

Of course powerful people organise together. Dismissing everyone who challenges them as "conspiracy theorists" is dangerous

A nation divided? The identities, politics and governance of England

The public want change. It’s time for civil society to lead this essential, overdue public discussion. An edited version of a Speakers Lecture by John Denham.

Looking at Lexit : Everyday Lexiteers - Interview 3 : Oliver

" When viewed in [the] Europe-wide context, it becomes clear that a vote for Leave is not a vote for UKIP or for neoliberalism. In fact, it may deprive such forces of the international structures which sustain them."

BBC Diversity – getting through The Moral Maze

"This story starts with an invitation to appear as witness on “The Morality of Diversity” in the BBC Radio 4 “The Moral Maze” series, presented by Michael Buerk..."

Scottish independence needing more minds than hearts, brave or not

For Scotland, the question of self-determination is intimitely tied to the question of land

Ten years after the crash, civil society has come a long way. But much more remains to be done

The public still don’t think that the financial system is working in their interests.

The BBC and Cliff Richard: in terms of press freedom, this is a sideshow

The BBC has dropped the idea of appealing against the award of damages to Cliff Richard for invasion of privacy, but continues to muddy the waters with fake legal arguments.

How to break the impasse on Labour’s anti-semitism mess

Labour should adopt the IHRA code, with the Home Affairs Select Committee’s caveats

Why there need to be checks on mainstream economics

Pluralist economics can make the mainstream profession more aware of its significant blind spots.

UK Labour supports a United Nations Emergency Peace Service

‘What’s radical one year may be accepted the next.’

Is Labour’s economic policy really neoliberal?

Acknowledging the risk of capital flight and currency devaluation is not neoliberal – it is the only responsible path. 

 

Can the Corbynite left make peace with Zionism?

How does the current Labour antisemitism debate relate to potential states in the Middle East?

The Backlash podcast episode 4: the men's rights movement

50.50 attended an international gathering of men's rights activists in London and spoke to some of the men, and women, involved in this movement.

It's time for Labour to understand the Conservative Dilemma

Boris Johnson's racist comments demonstrate the new strategy of the Conservative party. Labour need to understand what it is if they are to win.

Stop accusing the Jewish community of conspiring against the left

Antisemitism isn't just about individual intent. It's about culture and stories and practice, and the UK Labour party has a serious problem

Meet the Londoner on hunger strike for his dad in Bahraini prison

Ali Mushaima in on hunger strike outside the Bahraini embassy in Kensington, demanding basic rights for his political-prisoner father.

Back off, Boris, Muslim women don't need to be saved

Boris Johnson should learn to dress himself before he lectures Muslim women on what to wear.

It's time for the participatory society

Our political model isn't made for an era of universal education. It's time to unleash our collective genius: and a new centre in Edinburgh is looking to do just that.

Neoliberalism drives climate breakdown, not human nature

Attempts by the New York Times to blame humanity as a whole for climate change let the real culprits off the hook.

International Aid groups must reform in the face of sexual abuse scandals

Sexual exploitation of aid recipients is far too common. Here's what the sector must do to clean itself up

Opinion: The Electoral Commission’s DUP decision shows again how the rules that should protect our democracy are failing

The UK’s elections watchdog has decided it “does not have grounds to open an investigation” into the DUP’s mysterious £435,000 Brexit donation—once more raising questions about how British democracy is regulated.

The anti-semitism crisis shows the Labour leadership needs to get better at listening

Team-Corbyn need to get better at listening – starting with the organised Jewish community.

'Fake news’ and Facebook: symptoms not causes of democratic decline

Westminster's Fake News Inquiry has some good recommendations, but provides too many scapegoats for our failing politics.

On the wrong side of history: the dangers facing Brexitland

"Britain is sadly leading the way in a regressive, narrow-minded and divisive politics... I am leaving behind a Brexit Britain that is rudderless, leaderless and completely hollow within."

Revealed: how the UK’s powerful right-wing think tanks and Conservative MPs work together

The Institute of Economic Affairs, accused of offering US donors access to government ministers, is among right-wing think tanks meeting monthly. Conservative MPs have attended, too.

Are we headed for dustbowl Britain – and what could that mean for our wildlife and our food?

New figures show Britain has lost a third of its most threatened wildlife in recent years – harming both our natural heritage and our ability to produce food. This is the most pressing political issue of our time.

Why Brexit threatens activism

Theresa May’s Brexit not only reduces democratic and judicial oversight of future decisions – it could restrict UK activists’ ability to protest bad decisions, free from interference and intrusive surveillance.

We should bridge the earnings gulf between legal aid and commercial lawyers

Much of the income of City law firms comes directly from the public purse at many times legal aid rates. How can this be justified?

The DUP’s Facebook ads for Brexit targeted voters outside Northern Ireland

Information released by Facebook shows the DUP said Brexit would be “better for our borders”.

The BBC and Cliff Richard: what threat to press liberty?

Asking the Court of Appeal directly for leave to appeal could result in another opportunity to expose the dubious behaviour of the BBC news division, and at a higher judicial level.

NHS pay deal row intensifies as nurses call for union leader to quit

Calls for resignations and for NHS pay vote to be rerun as Royal College of Nursing chief admits they gave incorrect pay deal information.

Forget 'big tent' politics - we need space for a progressive camp site of parties and movements

To win back a fractious public currently feeling betrayed by broken promises of 'control', politicians must admit that power has to be shared - including through a better electoral system.

Our privatised water system has failed – it’s time to look for alternatives

One of the most remarkable aspects of Joseph Bazalgette’s London sewage system was its pump house. The elaborate ironwork at Crossness pumping station transformed a home for raw sewage into a monume...

Enough of these disgraceful slurs against Jeremy Corbyn

Even the author of the IHRA definition of anti-semitism has spoken against it.

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