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Portrait of the artist and The Confession, Part One

An interview with the director of The Confession, Moazzam Begg’s story commissioned by BBC Storyville and the BFI - one of the most resonant modern stories for our times.

Lost childhoods: age disputes in the UK asylum system

Children seeking asylum in the UK are regularly disbelieved about how old they are and can end up facing harmful, protracted disputes. The culture of disbelief so often criticised in the Home Office has now seeped into some local authorities.

The NHS - is it all about the money, money, money?

As Jeremy Hunt and Simon Stevens appear before the Health Select Committee in an emergency session on NHS finances, Paul Hobday explains why 'where's the money coming from' is the wrong question.

We can't allow the Co-operative movement to be implicated in racism

Theresa May is using co-ops as part of her divide and rule strategy. And the Co-operative movement must fight back.

High-wire politics, the SNP after conference and the next independence campaign

The SNP membership see the vast challenges in front of them.

Is Corbynomics a return to the socialist past or a vision of the progressive future?

Jeremy Corbyn's economic programme isn't about taking us back to the past, but embracing the challenges of today.

Nonlethal security – supporting peace by reducing the damage of war

Military technologies are becoming increasingly lethal and unpredictable year by year and month by month. There’s more than one alternative.

Lancashire fracking go-ahead prompts UK-wide opposition

Direct action against the industry set to escalate.

The lynching of Jackie Walker

The attacks on Jackie Walker and others are political, a determined effort by the Israel lobby to make Britain’s Labour Party safe for Israel and Zionism. 

Channel 4: a national treasure?

Channel 4 has been named Channel of the Year at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. But what does the future hold?

After a summer of crisis and opportunity, can Labour’s progressive NHS policies be sustained?

What does the Labour reshuffle mean for the development of its NHS policy?

Seven things Momentum should do now

As Momentum celebrates its first birthday, it can boast of significant victories. But to win the country, it needs an ambitious plan for what next...

The problem with politicians and democracy…

"Opening up new forms of political participation to hear the voices of the politically marginalised is critical for the well being of our polity." Interview in the run-up to the World Forum for Democracy 2016.

Dear Jeremy: it's time to speak out on Syria

An open letter to the Leader of the Labour party from concerned Labour party members, Momentum activists and socialists. To add your name, please email

The draft BBC Charter is “distinctively” fishy

The latest twist in the Bake Off saga is a reminder of why we should be suspicious about the draft BBC Charter’s emphasis on “distinctiveness”

Why Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party should reach out to non-voters

Non-voters aren't apathetic, but alienated. Corbyn needs to mobilise them to win.

Why we protested at Heathrow

Aviation expansion must be stopped.

Forward Wales: five ways Welsh progressives need to take back control

The fallout from Brexit is an existential crisis for the future of devolution and Wales’ so-called ‘progressive’ identity.

Can the fabric of a diverse society be undone? Diary of an EU citizen in the UK

“A few days later the PM and the Health Secretary, Hunt, have ready a proposal to train more British doctors - the same Hunt who has upset the majority of British doctors.”

Introducing Open 2017 – what are platform co-ops?

Open 2017 is a two day conference on Platform Cooperatives being organised in conjunction with Goldsmiths, University of London on 16 - 17 February 2017.

Can there be an 'English Islam'?

'Englishness' is often set at odds with Islam, but in reality both these identities are malleable and porous. We must follow in the footsteps of Muslims throughout history in embracing new cultural formations.

The BBC must improve its religious affairs coverage

The BBC looks set to keep its religious coverage, but in a society where people increasingly identify as irreligious, how can it remain relevant?

The Daily Mail takes power

Where does Theresa May's ideology come from? The Daily Mail, says Anthony Barnett in a taster from his forthcoming book WHAT NEXT: Britain after Brexit.

Is there a connection between Muslim 'superdiversity' and sectarian violence?

What lies behind two intra-Muslim killings in Britain? The question is timely at the unifying moment of a new Muslim year. 

What would a Corbyn government mean for LGBT people?

Labour's new LGBT manifesto promises to meaningfully tackle some of the problems faced by a community on the frontlines of government cuts.

When UK care workers fight back

Workers who provide essential services and compassion to vulnerable people are being forced to fight for the minimum wage.

A Citizens' Wealth Fund

A Citizens’ Wealth Fund is a state investment vehicle that invests a chunk of a community’s public wealth in global financial markets for a return. The returns of these funds provide an additional...

Invest in farming technology

It can take a thousand years to form an inch, which can be washed away in a moment. It provides 95% of our food, and yet we allow it to blow off in the wind. Civilisations rise and fall on how they tr...

Leave may have lied, but it was Bush, Blair and Cameron who killed political honesty

From Machiavelli to Cameron, there is a sad decline of truth in the age of Brexit.

England’s bonfire of children’s rights

A new bill threatens decades of carefully drafted laws designed to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in care.

"A large dysfunctional family": reflections on the Labour party conference

The conference saw an emboldened Left and a dejected Blairite camp, both struggling to come to terms with the new political terrain.

Climate change, racism, and black lives

Of course climate change is about race.

If you want to measure the health of the economy, forget about "employment"

Work dominates pretty much everything. Whether or not you have it, it’s probably taking up most of your time. Employment is the most-common indicator of economic health and nearly all of the public ...
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