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Brexit: reflections from a Leave voter

Two months ago the EU referendum uncovered a deep split within the UK, and the passions and tensions that were released have not yet subsided. What does the future hold for an independent UK?

Britain must care for its carers

The UK was once a world leader in carers' rights. These days, it's falling dismally far behind other countries.

From 'Tory values' to Soviet throwbacks: Who can claim victory over the UK's Olympic success?

The UK's Olympic triumph can be measured in more than bronze, silver and gold.

We need to re-examine Corbyn's so-called 'dangerous friendships'

Jeremy Corbyn has shared platforms with some arguably dubious people, but we shouldn't condemn his attempts at dialogue as 'guilt by association'.

Brexit or no Brexit - so-called 'trade' deals still threaten our NHS

If UK campaigners don't set the terms of our trading relationships, insisting they protect public services and standards, it will be left to Theresa May's expensive army of corporate lawyers.

Is UK foreign policy helping to fuel the conflict in Syria?

Oxfam's Andy Baker talks to Ian Sinclair about the UK's humanitarian and military interventions in Syria.

Spycops activities in Scotland cannot be ignored

Scotland has been excluded from the Pitchford Inquiry into police spying. But spycops behaviour there cannot be brushed aside.

The politics of ethnic diversity: Scotland, Brexit and inequality

This week the Equality and Human Rights Commission published a study demonstrating that people born into an ethnic minority household in Scotland are twice as likely to face poverty. 

Instead of worrying about 'infiltrators', Labour must embrace political pluralism

Labour has always been a broad church. Centrists must either welcome more leftwing voices, or push for proportional representation.

Labour can't build electoral success on a vanishing centre ground

Being 'electable' is often equated to being appealing to those in the political centre. But voting statistics show that this constituency has been slowly emptying out.

As A-level results come out, it's time to look again at our education system

Jeremy Corbyn is right – England needs to repurpose its education system.

38 Degrees and the 52 per cent: ‘Neutrality on the EU means 'lexit' by Theresa May’s rules’

The campaigning organisation 38 Degrees has adopted a version of 'neutrality' that means kow-towing to a restrictive vision of Brexit. The first part of our debate over what 'neutrality' means in these fractious times.

Proportional representation can offer democracy to all, not just to the majority

Proportional representation can better reflect the messy, complex reality of collective self-rule.

Will Theresa May practise the progressive policies she's started to preach?

Do Theresa May's speeches signal a new, progressive chapter for the country, or a cynical political manoeuvre?

Can a 'green growth' strategy solve climate change?

Ian Sinclair interviews Samuel Alexander about the limits of decoupling or 'green growth' in tackling climate change.

The BBC must improve how it reports statistics

The BBC has a unique position in British society, with a reputation for fairness, impartiality, and usefulness.

Unruly Britannia: Why we can no longer call our kingdom 'united'

We think of Britain as a bastion of stability, security, and unity. This vision was always partly a myth, and it is now more distant than ever from political reality.

On openDemocracy's Brexit coverage

openDemocracy tried to provide nuance in a deeply polarised debate. oD-UK editor Adam Ramsay reflects on the difficulties and successes we encountered along the way.

Austerity nostalgia, racism and xenophobia

Why anti-racism and migrants rights activism need to be central to anti-austerity campaigning.

"We're still here. We can still win."

od-UK talks to some of the activists and supporters at the 'Black Lives Matter' protest in Altab Ali Park, London.

Yes, Black Lives Matter in the UK too

The Black Lives Matter movement has come to the UK - and not before time.

Poppies, patriots and pro-Brexit propaganda: Revisiting the myths of Britain's past

The Brexit debate has sparked a battle over the memories of Europe's war dead, and how we imagine Britain's place in world history.

Left's Labour's Lost

If it wants to get serious about winning power, the Labour party must confront the changing nature of its social base.

Radical thinking: can violent extremism be prevented by addressing mental health?

Against a backdrop of increasingly frequent violent extremism, we must explore the possibility of avoiding future atrocities by addressing the mental health needs of would-be terrorists.

Scotland would not be independent inside the EU

Will Scotland get special treatment from the EU just because it voted remain?

Opponents of grammar schools have truth on their side, but truth alone won’t win the battle of ideas

The facts show the grammar/secondary modern school system doesn't work. But facts rarely persuade people.

What Brexit could mean for refugee protection in Britain

A refugee advocate from the organisation 'Freedom from Torture' examines the risks and opportunities in the negotiations to come.

Can Corbynism claim the centre ground?

The rise of 'Corbynism' has reinvigorated left-wing discourse. But can it capture the votes of the unconverted?

Time for a UK agricultural policy that doesn’t subsidise the rich

Now that the UK is leaving the disastrous Common Agricultural Policy, let's transform our farming for good.

Brexit Britain and the political economy of undemocracy: part 2 – the left

While the right acts decisively to restore the established order, the Corbyn experiment eschews both democracy and state power, and thus Labour’s best hope of transforming capitalism – part two of two.

Brexit Britain and the political economy of undemocracy: part 1 – the right

The aftermath of economic crisis, followed by Brexit, has seen the dismantling of democratic norms in Britain. The right benefits, while the left stands by. Part one of two.

Treat, don't police

Last week's shocking treatment of migrants by employer Byron shows how government is seeking to create an army of informants - and they're trying the same tactics in our NHS.

The role of the media in the polarisation of British politics

The media feeds off rapidly-changing, dramatic narratives. This tendency has stoked the polarisation of party politics.

Video: Black lives matter: shutdown

"1,562 deaths in police custody in my lifetime. 0 convictions". As Black Lives Matter protesters set up blockades in London, Birmingham and Nottingham, here's their video explaining why it's time for a shutdown.

How can we change political discourse?

Social media encloses us in a bubble of similar opinions, whilst debate-style shows fail to really challenge us. How can we break this pattern?

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