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As Cambridge Analytica and SCL Elections shut down, SCL Group's defence work needs real scrutiny

We can’t understand the significance of Cambridge Analytica without looking at the network it sits in, and how inadequate controls nurtured aspects of this networks’ development.

Revealed: Legatum’s “extraordinary” secretive monthly meetings with Brexit minister

A controversial think tank that argued for a hard Brexit and has been linked with Russian intelligence had monthly meetings with a leading Brexit minister.

Why has a Republican attack operation opened shop in the UK?

And who is paying for their services?

Amber Rudd, the Windrush scandal and the reluctant Remainer

The Windrush scandal is undoubtedly the scene of a crime, multiple crimes. But which scene and what crime now needs maximum public exposure?

Windrush and Legal Aid: how free legal representation could have avoided a national scandal

Many migration decisions are wrong - but since legal aid for such cases was scrapped by the LASPO Act 2012, few migrants have the money to challenge them. Meanwhile, an ongoing review drags on.

Of Quakers and deep democracy – is it time to renew the Quaker Book?

The Quaker movement was born out of radicalism. This weekend Quakers assemble to ask themselves, is it time for Quakerism to renew itself in a more participatory way?

Why class still matters: a reply to Paul Mason

Our task is to rebuild class power, not to pretend it no longer matters. 

How Irish anti-abortion activists are drawing on Brexit and Trump campaigns to influence referendum

Backlash against Irish abortion rights enlists some of the same technologies, companies, and individuals involved in controversial Trump and Brexit campaigns.

Anger and hope in Penzance

“There’s a huge amount of active, pissed off, determined people who are trying to deliver all sorts of change within Cornwall. So I think that’s where the hope is” As one of very few sources ...

Fox, Sky, Comcast, Disney: the endgame approaches

Before 2018 is out, Sky News will almost certainly be owned by one of three US media giants: Fox, Disney or Comcast. What can we learn from this protracted battle?

Was a Tory PR firm behind a smear campaign against Grenfell’s MP?

A PR firm run by a former Downing Street staffer claimed to be behind a series of media attacks on Labour MP for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, openDemocracy can reveal.

What’s Pointless about Epsom? Reclaiming heritage for a contemporary sense of place

If you’ve seen the TV gameshow Pointless, you’ll know that common assumptions are often a veneer. The most illuminating way to understand a community is to seek out the Pointless answers...

The ‘Windrush generation’ and ‘illegal immigrants’ are both our kin

As well as newfound sympathy for the Windrush generation, we should remember that ‘illegal immigrants’ are our kin, especially if we are to challenge the racism of the ‘hostile environment’.

Creating Britain's first citizens' wealth fund

How rebuilding our depleted stock of social wealth holds the key to tackling inequality.

Epsom & Ewell: a battle between collaborative community and competitive loneliness on London’s fringe

On a clear day, you can see the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf from the top of Epsom Down. But the six hundred or so participants in the weekly Epsom Park Run don’t live in the capital: Epsom & Ewe...

Division and unity in Sunderland

As the British economy has moved away from manufacturing and toward financial services, growing numbers in the city are unemployed, underemployed or in precarious employment, and the use of food banks is on the rise.

How to contain the hard right

The question is, why do even the most enlightened liberals such as Fawcett and Barnett not really try to offer a set of specific policies to forge a liberal comeback?

Public libraries are vital to local communities – Labour must fight to defend them

Libraries are being decimated by cuts, privatisation, de-skilling and a shift to ‘volunteerism’ and 'generalism'. But those working in them are being told to deny there’s a crisis.

Decolonising migrant resistance: from #Refugeeswelcome to ‘These Walls Must Fall’

The discourse of #Refugeeswelcome is built on the Euro-centric dichotomy of ‘good migrant’ and ‘bad migrant’, whose uncritical adoption leads directly to the ‘unwelcoming’ environment intact throughout Europe.

First they ignore you… How the media is playing catch up on land reform

There is now cross-party consensus on the issue of land value capture, but newspapers are still stuck in the past.

From the industrial revolution to the internet: putting power in people’s hands

Civil society?  We may not use this phrase every day, but it’s at the heart of our everyday lives - from churches to charities, social media to social enterprise, it’s so often where we find comm...

Foreign and 'alt-right' activists target Irish voters on Facebook ahead of abortion referendum

New data shows how social media has become a battleground in a transatlantic backlash against abortion rights for Irish women.

UBI: balancing progress and protection

Why we need to be able to think in terms of a brave new world.

Labour must become the party of people who want to change the world, not just Britain

‘Networked individuals’ have replaced the industrial working class as the key agent for overhauling capitalism in the digital age. To win power, Labour must represent their values, culture, aspirations and political priorities.

Democratising pensions: where next after the USS strikes?

We need an alternative to Britain’s highly financialised and marketized pensions system. 

An 'NHS tax' is perfect for a 'new centrist party'—stale, regressive and technocratic

National Insurance is regressive. Hypothecating taxes tends to encourage ideas of opt outs & top ups. So why is Liz Kendall promoting these as the 'new consensus' for NHS funding?

Scotland in Union held talks with Cambridge Analytica

The vice-chair of the campaign against Scottish independence met with the controversial data firm months after revelations about their involvement in Trump’s campaign came out.

An inconvenient book? Read Miles Goslett on the death of David Kelly – not Aaronovitch's caricature

The case for a full coroner’s inquest to find out the truth regarding the tragic death of a government scientist in the wake of the Iraq war has been trashed for no good reason. Why?

Storm warnings

The test of science is its ability to predict. Economics manifestly fails this test.

An alternative to QE: was Billy Bragg right after all?

How the renowned songwriter, musician and campaigner is helping the UK prepare for the next recession.

The Queen rules the Commonwealth!

Many epithets have been used to run down the Commonwealth. The London summit may even be called the Commonwealth Games II…

The ‘Doctrine of Humanitarian Intervention’: and how it exposes the absence of any serious intention to help Syrians

Diplomacy should focus on the humanitarian situation and the need for civilian protection rather than or as well as finding a political solution.

VIDEO: How to create a democratic energy system

An interview with Tim Crook from Regen.  

Amnesty, not apology

In a free and fair society, amnesty for all migrants stuck within yet excluded from our dysfunctional system, is the only workable reparation for the government’s hostile environment immigration policies. 

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