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Financing a Labour government

A new government must strike the right balance between taxation, monetisation and debt issuance.

The undemocratic tide in Britain is real – how Labour reacts is crucial

For the first time, lack of faith in politics, politicians and government has become one of the top ten issues for Britain, polls show. How should politicians respond?

Invisible Britain: The untold stories of those hit by austerity

A new photobook gives an insight into the lives and hopes of the people most affected by government policy.

Labour’s plan for greater worker ownership is not 'anti-business'

Worker voice is a key pillar of corporate governance in almost every other country in Europe.

"Not on the NHS" – from grommets to hysterectomies – unless you act now

The government plans to exclude 17 important medical treatments from the NHS across the whole of England, with more restrictions in the pipeline. A consultation on the proposals is open until this Friday.

A “People’s Vote” on Brexit – be careful what you wish for

We will never build a progressive internationalism on the basis of a democratic fix. We need democratic renewal at both UK and European level.

Britain’s warfare state

Britain needs an industrial strategy. At the same time, Britain needs to move away from its imperial pretensions to police the world's oceans. The two factors are ever more interlinked.

Radical democracy and municipal movements

Can politics in cities and in Corbyn’s Labour Party come together to facilitate potent collectivities through an explicit commitment to radical democracy? Jeremy Gilbert in conversation.

Why Adam Price is the man of the moment for Wales

Adam Price is the leader Plaid Cymru needs to kick start the moribund Welsh devolution process, writes John Osmond.

Does “being creative” just mean maintaining the status quo?

Whether it’s Theresa May lecturing EU leaders, or bosses lecturing employees, it seems everyone’s being urged to be more creative these days. Meanwhile true creativity is marginalised.

The councils trying to use Grenfell as an excuse to clear estates

Since a fire killed 72 people in London's Grenfell Tower, councils have been using safety concerns to try to move people out of housing estates.

Why the public debt should be treated as an asset

The 20th century American comedian Rodney Dangerfield had a catchphrase: “I don’t get no respect”. The public debt is the Rodney Dangerfield of government finances. It is a long term benefit tre...

When is the UK at war?

While a hard and fast definition may prove elusive as the line between war and peace becomes increasingly blurred, lack of clear guidance risks the decision becoming politicised.

Political books round-up - 2018 Labour Conference special

Analyses of Corbynism, Trumpism and the legacy of 68, guides to action, cookbooks and childrens books, Mark Perryman welcomes the variety of thinking on offer from Left authors new and old.

The World Transformed represents radical new territory for British Labour

Momentum’s fringe will be much more interesting than the official party conference

NHS bosses call "pause" on controversial "SubCo" NHS privatisations - for now

NHS workers and communities are uniting to fight back against the dangerous creation of NHS ‘wholly owned subsidiaries.

Labour won’t support Brexit, their critics are ignoring all the clues

Corbyn’s strategy is to let the Tories fail on their own terms before plunging in the knife. And Remainers should support him.

Fairness, respect and community should be the driving forces behind immigration policy

Leading immigration campaigners call on UK government to take values-based approach to immigration post-Brexit

The High Court case which could reveal the DUP's secret Brexit donors

The Good Law Project is taking the Electoral Commission to court to find out who was behind a huge donation that paid for Leave campaigning.

Major Scottish Tory funders fined over illegal donation

The Irvine Unionist Club donation funded 10% of Ruth Davidson’s campaign spending in 2016

Free eBook: New Thinking for the British Economy

openDemocracy publishes a new eBook outlining a new vision for Britain's economy.

Thirty thousand cyclists at RideLondon and I saw three women of colour

As the suffragettes knew, cycling can empower. But it’s still too dominated by middle-class white men.

There is an alternative to neoliberalism – in Britain and beyond

Laurie Macfarlane introduces 'New Thinking for the British Economy' – openDemocracy's new eBook outlining a new economic agenda for Britain.

Basic income: a progressive road out of austerity

Accelerated by austerity’s inequities, the 20th century income distribution system has broken down irretrievably in what is an era of global rentier capitalism. More and more income is flowing to a ...

The constitutional turn: liberty and the co-operative state

The Anglo-American left needs to start taking constitutional change seriously.

Making hope possible in Wales: interview with Plaid Cymru leadership candidates

openDemocracy interviews the three candidates for leader of Plaid Cymru about the future of Wales and the UK.

‘Second’ bank account: MPs demand probe into Rees-Mogg’s Brexit group

Cross-party demands for an urgent investigation into the financial affairs of the European Research Group follow openDemocracy’s investigation.

How the campaign for a People’s Vote is changing politics (again)

A new generation is making the campaign for a People's Vote on Brexit the next insurgency for change in Britain.

The High Court found that Vote Leave broke the law in a new way

England & Wales's High Court has ruled that Vote Leave broke campaign spending limits in addition to the way that the Electoral Commission previously said they did.

How will we pay for news we can trust? I hope to find out

The British government has ordered a review into the sustainability of high-quality journalism. Its chair explains the challenges she faces.

Parliament watchdog probes Rees-Mogg’s hard Brexit lobby group over “other sources of funding”

EXCLUSIVE: Emails released by UK parliamentary standards watchdog reveal a ‘second’ bank account held by the powerful ERG group of Tory MPs, as they pressure May to abandon Chequers.

Ancient Britons and the Republican dream

Neal Ascherson's lecture from 1985 feels more relevant than ever.

Universal basic services: ending austerity forever

The premise of “austerity” is that there isn’t enough money to deliver a decent standard of living for all because there was a financial market crash in 2008. To banish this idea from the politi...

Platform parties vs plutocrat PR: welcome to the future of UK politics

Deserted by members, right-wing parties serve the rich, while people have flocked to centre and left alternatives, only to be smeared as "dogs" and "Trots".

Making another economic future possible: 100 policies to end austerity

The lost decade? A decade on from the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), now is the time for serious reflection on where we are, how we got here and what future lies before us. In the aftermath of the 20...
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