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Remainers must change their tune

For Remainers to win a People's Vote, they need to make a positive case

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 Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70

Heed Monday’s anniversary, for talk of rights is increasingly becoming hazardous to health in vast parts of the globe

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.

Nurses raise concern about Royal College backing for NHS volunteers campaign

On Saturday the Daily Mail called for "an army of volunteers" to "transform" the NHS. Royal College of Nursing members have written to Dame Prof. Donna Kinnair, the acting head of the RCN, in response to their involvement in the "Helpforce" campaign.

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 dangers of a push-button Brexit

The 2016 vote offered a binary choice of in or out. Any new vote must expand the conversation.

Why grieving families need legal representation at an inquest

Contrary to what the UK government say, many bereaved families need legal representation at an inquest to ensure a full and fearless investigation into the death of their loved one.

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.

The stories fascist Europe tells itself, and how to correct them

What can the UK learn from those fighting the far right across Europe? Take history seriously

A People's Vote without a referendum

There is an alternative way of "letting the people decide" on an issue where MPs seem incapable of agreeing a coherent policy. The Greeks had a word for it: democracy.

The hypocrisy behind British endorsement of Bahrain’s ‘sham’ elections

UK’s support for Bahrain’s sham-elections emboldens the Gulf nation to continue intensifying its crackdown on civil rights with impunity.

Dark money investigations: what we’ve found out, and why we’re looking

For the past two years openDemocracy has been tracking down the secretive, wealthy donors trying to influence British politics unseen.

Governing England in the wake of Brexit

English Brexit voters may have voted not so much for the return of Empire, but for greater attention to England as the only stateless nation in the UK.

The blueprint for dismantling the NHS

Nostalgia won't save the NHS from the encroachment of market forces - only a broad-based mass movement can do that.

Time to talk some Brexit sense

Let us have an end to fighting the referendum campaign ad infinitum and ad nauseam. Now is the time to get real.   

From Saudi to Cameroon, do UK business links really ‘open channels to raise human rights concerns’?

So the government claims. But the evidence fails to convince. There are better options, including targeted sanctions.

30th World AIDS Day - a time for remembrance, resilience and reflection

Just occasionally, the UK public gets reminded that AIDS isn’t over and done with. Not at home, and certainly not round the rest of the world. 

Kálmán Sütö and his struggle against Hungarian dictatorship

A street magazine vendor led protests against prime minister Victor Orbán’s rewriting of history. He tells openDemocracy how his life led him to that point.

Corbyn isn’t seizing the moment – because his Labour Party simply isn’t radical enough

From economic and climate policy, to Brexit and constitutional reform, Corbyn’s Labour doesn’t yet have the depth of ideas to capitalise on the government’s disarray.

Theresa May spokesman sparks fresh suspicion of British ‘spying’ on EU officials

Unguarded comments about "intelligence", "transcriptions of conversations" and knowing "what the Europeans are thinking" prompt fury in Brussels

Join us this Saturday to march for climate action now

The latest round of climate change talks open in Poland next week amidst stark warnings from UN scientists, a clampdown on protest by the Polish government – and laggardly action by our government.

Revolutionaries in the Gorbals – one hundred years on from Red Clydeside

As the First World War drew to a close, John Maclean – the ‘accuser of capitalism’ - was seen as the most dangerous man in the country – but he was released from jail to a hero’s welcome.

Labour’s plan for stakeholder votes on boardroom high pay might just work

Time is running out for UK corporations to show that the voluntary model works.

4 days work, 3 days play – why it’s time to demand a 4 day week

Our free time is vulnerable to the demands of neoliberalism – but workers, unions and campaigners across Europe are organising to fight back with demands of their own.

Brexit – the big swindle, a European view

We need to understand better why citizens’ rights have become, together with the Northern Irish question, such an incandescent issue in the Brexit negotiations.

Brexit or no Brexit, life-changing medicines already aren’t getting through

Big Pharma is hurting the NHS at its core – here's what we need to do, if we're bold enough.

Climate disruption: time to speak up

To defend the realm, Britain's security nexus must rethink its line of duty. Change the security narrative.

Right-wing think tank accused of promoting tobacco and oil industry “propaganda” in schools

The Institute of Economic Affairs’ magazine distributed to tens of thousands of British schoolchildren promotes tobacco tax cuts, climate change denial, tax havens, and privatising the NHS – but doesn’t say where its money comes from

A call to 'take a break from Brexit' for a general election

Over 80% of those DiEM25 members from across Europe who voted to update their stance on Brexit this month chose the call by Yanis Varoufakis for the UK and EU to agree an extension of Article 50 for at least one year.

Diversity in UK film: when is a breakthrough a breakthrough?

It is a story told easily in numbers that eloquently, embarrassingly set out the scale of a problem, and the fairness and effectiveness lacking from a British industrial success.

Second referendum, yes. Will of the People, no

What could it possibly mean for a large and diverse set of people, the citizens of a country at a particular time and in a particular place, to share one will?

The ‘new’ climate politics of Extinction Rebellion?

Creating a movement that can have the impact XR aims for will require confronting the political as well as the moral challenges posed by climate change.

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