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Labour leadership, the NHS, and 'honest politics'

We need to take back control of our NHS from the unelected technocrats and their health industry friends – and politicians brave enough to say so. What about the Labour party?

Crossing the Rubicon: why we can't recreate the modest economic gains of New Labour

The British economy has changed, and we shouldn't let ourselves be misguided by nostalgia for bygone models of prosperity.

Why the digital gig economy needs co-ops and unions

Millions of people are joining the digital gig economy, attempting to outbid one another for increasingly precarious bit-work. We need to challenge that culture.

When it comes to selective schooling, not all discrimination is positive

Selection in secondary education is back. The government’s new policy aims to promote consumer choice, and justifies this on grounds of fairness and merit. But who gets to decide what's fair, and who merits a good education?

Introduce a land value tax to curb gentrification

Say, for instance, that a community group takes over an abandoned piece of land in their neighbourhood and works together to transform it into a thriving and well-used community garden and growing spa...

Participatory budgeting for people power

The phrase ‘municipal budgeting’ conjures up an anaesthetised and jargon-laden world of bureaucracy, a process of directing taxpayer money into communities in line with upstream policy directives....

The NHS: The new dividing line in the Labour Party?

The crisis in health and social care shows how badly we need an end to the inefficient market-based system. On that score, Team Corbyn looks a lot more convincing than his Labour leadership rival Owen Smith and his allies.

Use the power of procurement

I’m a campaigner against workers' rights violations in the supply chains of major clothing and electronics brands. That essentially means I've spent 7 years trying to make public procurement – gov...

The Great British Bake Off defects to Channel 4 - what does it all mean?

How did a baking show become the BBC's biggest hit? And how risky is it for Channel 4 to bid £10 million a year more than the BBC was willing to pay to poach the programme?

A hijack or a mutiny? Labour, leadership and the left

Labour is an increasingly uneasy alliance between a parliamentary party and its membership base. Who can claim to represent the 'real' Labour party? Is Corbynism a hijack of the party or a mutiny of its members?

Rats in the yard: 4 years of UK asylum housing by G4S

Today, yet again, a Parliamentary committee will hear how commercial landlords are failing asylum seeker tenants. And then what?

The prime minister must take action to cement the UK's 'bold new positive role’ on the international stage

This is a crucial time for the UK to prove its credentials as a positive player in international relations.

Mental health and the law: Time to re-examine the legacy of Hillsborough

A case brought by ten victims of the Hillsborough disaster laid down a legal precedent founded on hugely misguided assumptions about psychological injury. That may be about to change.

On spaceships and liberty: Why republicanism remains an essential legacy of the enlightenment

Scientific innovations stand testament to the invaluable legacy of enlightenment republican thinking.

Report: the more Lib Dems spent on a seat, the more votes they lost

A new report on openDemocracyUK reveals how the Liberal Democrats squandered thousands on no-hope Clegg loyalists whilst cutting out incumbent MPs who went on to narrowly miss-out.

Show Me the Money: a study of the efficacy of donations and spending on Lib Dem seats at the 2015 UK general election

A new study of Lib Dem expenditure in the 2015 elections, revealing deep problems at the core of the party. Read below or download the PDF via GoogleDocs, here.

What the Labour leadership candidates think about democratic reform

The Electoral Reform Society quizzed the Labour leadership candidates on electoral reform...

Britain and the Sargasso Sea: on 'WHAT NEXT', by Anthony Barnett

If you want to understand the underlying currents which pushed Britain towards Brexit (and where we need to go now), pre-order a copy of Anthony Barnett's book What Next.

Introducing our new series: what is public service?

Today Our Beeb launches a new series on public service in the post-Brexit age. Here editor Ellie Mae O'Hagan explains what inspired the series.

Do your parenting by Skype, UK tells fathers being deported to Jamaica

A secret Home Office flight tomorrow (Wednesday 7 September) will forcibly remove fathers 4,500 miles away from their children in the UK.

National investment banks: a radical proposal?

National investment banks haven't always proved a success. Can they be implemented as part of a left-wing economic programme?

The left must combat rentier capitalism

Old systems of wealth redistribution cannot combat the rise of rentier capitalism. We must find new solutions.

The Irish Citizens' Assembly on abortion: democratisation or dodging responsibility?

Does the use of Citizens' Assemblies to decide on contentious issues return power to the people or kick the can down the road? The director of the Sortition Foundation reports.

How and Why Do We Retire? Ill omens for younger doctors

The nature of our departures from our work often tells us much about what kind of problems are being left behind. The individual may escape, but what about the wider community?

Is Zionist a rude word?

“How are we to understand the amazing increase in rhetoric about antisemitism, quite divorced from any actually discernible increase in antisemitism itself?”

38 Degrees and the 52 per cent: Against the politics of the lowest common denominator

The inability to reach a consensus is no reason to opt for neutrality on an issue as important as Brexit.

A (partial) defence of democracy

It would be an enormous mistake to lose faith in democracy, even when it can sometimes give rise to disastrous results.

The Corbyn crowd, and its signal

What is really going on in Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party? An open-air meeting and the changes in a ward branch give some clues.

Saudi forces are killing civilians in Yemen, so why is the UK still arming the regime?

Did the British government lie in court about Saudi arms deals?

It’s time to think about how we do referendums in the UK

Referendums are now a thing in Britain. So we need to get better at them.

The Welsh Interregnum (or reasons not to be cheerful)

Worried thoughts on Wales and what is to be done.

The only way to purge Labour’s morbid symptoms: vote for Jeremy Corbyn

“For someone who did not yet realise that This Always Happens, who still didn't know what was normal… it made it worse that, on the day, there was really no alternative.”

Recruit, re-tweet, re-nationalise: Eight ideas for Labour's new media strategy

The Labour party needs to look beyond social media for ambitious new ways to engage and mobilise potential voters and activists.

Corbyn's message on the NHS was derailed by traingate

A vital discussion on the future of healthcare was drowned out by the media furore over 'traingate'. Only Richard Branson stands to benefit such a distraction.

The world is complex and unstable. Our approach to policy-making must reflect that fact.

Social scientists and policy-makes have long built their models around a theory of 'rational action' which bears little relation to how people respond to the complexities of the world around them.

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