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5 ways to solve the housing crisis

Our cities need homes - not safety deposit boxes in the sky.

Forget about GDP: it's time for a wellbeing economy

Fifty years ago today, Robert Kennedy warned about the limits of GDP. It's time for political leaders around the world to commit to a new vision for our economy.

A plea to my students

Why you should remove your headphones, and talk to your striking lecturers.

Picket line rules miss the point

Pickets are not meant to be a space for deliberative democracy. They are sites of protest.

Deportation and direct action in Britain: the ‘terrorist trial’ of the Stansted 15

The severity of the charge faced by the Stansted 15 should be seen as an important moment in defining the scope for non-violent protest in the UK.

Just and unjust strikes

Can we use just war theory to understand when a strike is just?

As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn’s Labour stand for?

At the most perilous time for the UK geopolitically since the 1930s, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are flying blindfold into the approaching storm.

Students won't fall for the "divide and rule" tricks of university management

As students occupy universities across the UK in support of striking lecturers, university bosses are doing all they can to break the solidarity.

Britain's security: time to rethink

A bitter dispute between London and Moscow dominates the agenda. Now more than ever, Britain needs to focus on its true interests.

Putin’s pal, the British Lords - and the ‘clean up’ of a Russian energy giant

With relations between Britain and Russia in severe crisis, the timing of a Russian company’s efforts to raise billions on the London Stock Exchange couldn’t be worse.

Cable’s confusion – on Brexit imperial “nostalgia” and what it means to be English

The Scots have as much reason for imperial nostalgia as the English, so why did one vote Remain and the other vote Leave, asks John Denham?

Northern Irish party donors finally published – but source of DUP Brexit money remains secret

Firm that donated to DUP owned by Gibraltar-based businessman, prompting criticism of 'representation without taxation'

It's time to own the National Grid

Planning for our low-carbon future must be at the top of the agenda, not paying out dividends to shareholders.

How deliberative democracy can rebuild trust in our economic institutions

Citizen voices must be included in, and have influence over, economic decision-making. 

Why we mustn't abandon EU citizens & marginalised voters in the run up to 3rd May elections

Britain is facing a democratic deficit at the local elections, as turnout tumbles and under-represented communities – as well as EU nationals – face losing out.

The horror of Syria - the curse on our houses

Aid workers speak out against the suffering of Syria, the failures of politicians and the cynicism of political campaigns to discredit foreign aid.

Transforming the financial system from within: an interview with the Finance Innovation Lab

How a small organisation is helping to transform the financial system by incubating people and ideas that can change finance from the inside.

Nuclear weapons: playing with fire

Britain's neglected history of nuclear accidents makes the case for a new safety regime.

Scotland’s democracy deserves better than broken electronic voting trials

Democratic processes need to be understood by more than a handful of advanced cryptographic experts.  

Hedonism and homelessness, Madchester and masculinity

The North’s rockstar-scally-addicts aren’t romantic heroes – they’re examples of commodification in action.

Liam Fox’s Brexit aims would require “a fairy godmother” - full speech by Fox's former top official

A devastating assessment of the government’s Brexit trade strategy of “rejecting a three-course meal for a packet of crisps”. Full text of Martin Donnelly’s speech to Kings College last week, exclusively on openDemocracy.

Labour's leavers are lukewarm for Brexit

Despite much heated criticism of 'lexiteers', new data shows Labour's leave vote taking a patient and measured approach to what Brexit means to them. Are they the key?

Our corporation tax system is broken. Here's how to fix it

After eight years of austerity borne primarily by the most vulnerable in our society, it’s time that all businesses started paying their fair share.

So how DO you build a “people’s Brexit”? Not by marginalising the already marginalised

Brexit can be reclaimed as an entrance into a new political understanding, process and polity – but only if unions and Labour avoid elite-mediated solutions. An excerpt from For the Many: Preparing Labour for Power, published by OR Books.

The second trench: forging a new frontline in the war against neoliberalism

Only a new left internationalism that accepts a limited reassertion of national economic sovereignty can defeat the rising tide of authoritarian populism.

The need for trade unionists and Labour to back fair votes is now overwhelming

Britain's electoral system delivers swings that are bad for workers - and polls suggest Labour could win the next vote but still lose the election. Trade unionists are calling for radical reform.

Fear of forgetting – heroines who changed history

Simone De Beauvoir and Gisele Halimi were indefatigable. They wrote to every responsible official in the judiciary, military and government – up to General de Gaulle. Lest we forget.

Mining and Brexit - from Cornwall to the Commonwealth

Whilst other businesses worry about Brexit, well-placed mining companies and politicians with ideas of 'Empire 2.0' seem to be gearing up to exploit it - with worrying repercussions for communities.

Why economics has a problem with women

Six students offer their voice on why there needs to be #MoreWomenInEcon.

Electoral Commission demand end to ban on publishing Northern Irish Brexit campaign donor details

MPs vote for campaign donor transparency for Northern Ireland – but exclude all major recent donations.

International rights are only as good as the national mechanisms that protect them

A new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission highlights how many economic and social rights have still not been incorporated into law and policy in Britain. 

Resettling scores: internationals in the UCU strike

“No more discipline, life’s magical” …  has been singing in my head as I see colleagues laugh in the face of the absurd claims by the all-round absurdness that is university management.

MPs should reject the government’s attempt to cover up for the DUP’s Brexit dark money donation

Theresa May is trying to cover-up for her scandal-prone Northern Irish allies. MPs must call her bluff.

How Britain failed to moderate Irish nationalism – and the lessons for today

British politicians need to be careful not to again fracture the trust of moderate Irish politicians – as the story of nationalist leader John Redmond, who died a hundred years ago today, makes clear.

The sorry betrayal of the victims of press abuse

Whatever happened to Leveson? A guide for the perplexed.

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