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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. Get your ticket with our 10% partner discount here

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 ...

The problem with the British government's approach to exploitation

The NGO Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) engaged strongly with the British parliament during the drafting of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, but found the government resistant to many of its ideas.

Theresa May, this is not a ‘crisis of migration’, but a crisis of inhumanity

In a carefully coded speech, the UK Prime Minister categorises people on the move as “threats that we face” alongside war and global terrorism.

Israel’s right to exist

The reason why the claimed ‘right to exist’ is problematic is a question of definition, not of dematerialisation. A reply to Mary Davis’ reply.

If the UK intervenes in conflict, we must plan properly for peace

From Bosnia to Iraq to Libya, the UK has failed to learn from its disastrous history of neglecting post-war planning.

The familiar axes of politics are changing, with momentous consequences

Political identities have changed significantly, and politics has shifted with them.

Cutting the number of MPs could cut democratic scrutiny too

Fewer MPs risks less democracy.

Does the UK need a 'War Powers Act'?

In the wake of Chilcot, questions have been raised about the democratic accountability of the process involved in taking this country to war.

Deeper into democracy: the legitimacy of challenging Brexit’s majoritarian mandate

Would a second European referendum be democratic?

Anti-aging medical research must be our top priority

What is medicine for? Surely an easy question, right? Apparently not. I have always believed that the purpose of medicine is to alleviate the suffering caused by ill-health and death. One must include...

Put public services into the hands of local governments

The push for public ownership of vital services should not be about a return to top-down state industries. We can’t go back to the past - and we want the public ownership of the future to be better ...

Growth is unsustainable. It's time to shrink the economy.

What would genuine economic progress look like today? The orthodox answer is that a bigger economy is always better. But this idea is increasingly strained by the knowledge that, on a finite planet, e...

Rebalance the economy away from London

London’s Garden Bridge will cost £60m of public money, and may even require a public bailout upon completion. Meanwhile, museums in Derby, Lancashire, Jarrow and Durham face closure. The cost of ke...

An 'Affordable Urban Density Fund' to build homes

I’ve lost count of the infrastructure stimulus funds I’ve seen from ministers – mainly Conservatives during the last two governments, and mainly fixated on road building – so here’s my new i...

Series introduction: We need to rethink the British economy

Since 2008, Britain has seen a surge in alternative economic thinking. From community finance to cooperatives, public ownership to tax avoidance; land taxes to local currencies, GDP to the creation of...

Publicly fund the transition to a society beyond work

Technology has changed everything, now politics – and how we relate to each other – needs to catch up. Whether you call it post-capitalism or 'fully automated luxury communism', the essence of th...

A special gift from UK to Nigeria: promoting human rights or secrecy?

At Lagos Airport, Nigerians deported from Britain are processed out of sight in a ‘reception centre’ given by Britain.

Why should we care that Exxon is lobbying the UK Government on electric vehicles?

We shouldn't ignore the oil giant lobbying to stop the electric car revolution in Britain.

Media attacks on Corbyn show he’s a threat, not an irrelevance

Recent Panorama and Dispatches episodes confirm: the media has never been so biased against a Labour leader.

"They did not pass": Lessons from Britain's history of anti-fascist resistance

Mark Perryman revisits 1936 when anti-fascism was the cause home and abroad. What lessons can be drawn for the left of today?

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