Super-rich boss vs abused maid: whose side are we on?

The UK government makes it easy for the super-rich to harm their domestic employees. One small amendment to the Modern Slavery Bill could make a big difference, but ministers seem strangely reluctant.

Rally at Runnymede! And join the opposition to the Global Law Summit

On Saturday 20 February, lovers of liberty and justice in Britain will be gathering in Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was sealed, to rally against the Global Law Summit - a shameless festival of corporate networking.  A spokesperson for Justice Alliance maps  out the three day route.

There's better ways to tax wealth than a mansion tax

The history of tax reforms and proposals suggests the current proposals for a mansion tax are from optimal - there are better and fairer ways of taxing wealth.

Our parasitic economy: joining the No campaign

A society dependent on the financial, social and existential insecurity of its people has failed in one of the basic goals of democracy.

Race, migration and neoliberalism

Cheap labour is vital to the neoliberal project. The left must stop competing with UKIP for unpleasantness and start building a popular narrative of diversity and pluralism.

Sturgeon comes to London

At a speech in London, Nicola Sturgeon pitched her party as responsible partners to a Labour government.

Don't believe the false reassurance about NHS privatisation

Even as they belatedly criticise the government's health 'reforms', think tanks like the Kings Fund are making one fundamental error. 

Dara takes over the London Stage

A review of the play Dara, now showing at the National Theatre.

The Work Programme, people and economy part 3 - exploring outcomes

If you incentivise private companies to achieve X, Y and Z, they will inevitably find the easiest and lowest cost way of achieiving it. That is not necessarily the desired social outcome.

The left collection or the right cluster: Ed Miliband's bumpy road to Downing Street

Labour doesn't need a majority for Miliband to become Prime Minister. The sooner he accepts that, the better his chance of getting into Number 10.

A citizen’s income and wealth fund for the UK: Lessons from Alaska

Angela Cummine charts the growth and impact of Alaska's Permanent Fund and dividend – a unique combination of publicly owned wealth fund and basic citizen's income.

Is the civil service reformable?

A bi-partisan approach to reform is currently adopted, but can it work?

Doctors - the new political scapegoat?

The NHS staff crisis and an over-reliance on locums are a result of political, 'pro-market' decisions - so why are politicians like Margaret Hodge so keen to blame the doctors themselves for the market they find themselves operating in?

Will Prince Charles' "heartfelt interventions" extend to arms sales?

The Prince of Wales and his family have a shameful record of collusion with the British arms industry.

Why it is much easier than most people think to fix the UK economy

We need to move investment to those areas with the highest returns for society as a whole. The best way to do that is to fix our over-valued currency.

Re-imagining democracy - peoples' assemblies

This spring, inaugural Assemblies for Democracy in London, Manchester and Glasgow will identify the major issues with our clearly inadequate democracy and then start work thinking on how we could solve them.

Prevent Education?

Some issues pass through many organs of the body politic like a barium meal, rendering visible flaws and faults that might otherwise escape detection.

Theresa May’s Prevent bill is extremism in the name of security

The home secretary’s counter-terrorism and security bill is a Hobbesian contract meant to frighten us into surrendering our freedoms.

Pos-neoliberalismo: lecciones de Sudamérica

Después de un período de rápida liberalización, Sudamérica puso en marcha un programa de re-nacionalizaciones antes de haberse salido totalmente de la fase neoliberal - en una iniciativa que podría ser calificada como ‘pos-neoliberalismo’. [English version here]

David Cameron, England's NHS, and the tiger in the bathroom

As it becomes impossible to deny the devastation being wreaked on the National Health Service by 2012's Health & Social Care Act, who is really pledging to fix it?

A green and pleasant land? The trauma of the British asylum system

The system of asylum in the UK pushes mental fortitude to its limits. 

Post-neoliberalism: lessons from South America

After a period of rapid liberalisation South America undertook a programme of renationalisations, while still bearing the marks of the neoliberal phase - what might be termed 'post-neoliberalism'.

Latin American media and the shortcomings of liberalism

Liberal theory is ill-equipped to deal with existing and historic inequalities; the market alone would never be enough to dismantle the media monopolies which plague Latin American media.

In privileged white man land, freedom of speech is always under attack

Despite what Spiked may claim, protecting our campuses from fascists, aggressive pro-life campaigners and sexism is entirely proper - 'free speech' debates must recognise the issue of power imbalance.

Mary Barbour fought for rent controls: an open letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

If the Scottish government wants to honour the woman who fought for rent controls, it should bring them back.

Response to committee - a new Magna Carta?

openDemocracy's founder explains why Britain must go for a fully written constitution, and why a constitutional convention is necessary to achieve that.

Tories filibuster to stall Labour's NHS Bill

Tory MPs demonstrated yesterday they would rather play games with parliamentary procedures than discuss how to fix the NHS. It's time for a radical commitment to a new Bill that will truly sort out the mess.

Going, going, gone - the great hospital sell-off?

Many of our precious hospitals are being prepared for handover to private developers - and from PropCo to the Infrastructure Bill, the government is stripping away barriers to this firesale.

When judges disagree - the ECHR and British sovereignty

Although Conservatives cite Lord Judge in support of repealing the human rights act, his actual position on the matter undermines their case for repeal.

Child locked up ‘by mistake’ for 62 days at adult immigration jail

  • New report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons on Campsfield House, run by outsourcer Mitie, reveals:
  • • 16 year old detained ‘by mistake’
  • • Torture victims held in defiance of Home Office rules
  • • Dirty, overcrowded accommodation

The 2015 general election in Britain - free and fair?

Majoritarian voting systems and parliaments are a terrible way to govern pluralist societies - here are some simple ideas that could do a far better job. We should be considering them.

Labour NHS plan outrages privatisers

Labour's new plans to reduce private profiteering in the NHS have triggered a vicious counter-attack in the Tory press. Labour must ignore them - and do more to convince campaigners of its intent to protect and restore the NHS. 

Change? How? England arises…

We are now clearly in the middle of a "constitutional moment" and those who want a new settlement for the country are beginning to stir and take action. How can you get involved, and what's coming up?

The Work Programme, people and economy: part 2

The second of a four part series on the government's controversial welfare reforms.

Video debate: is paying tax a moral duty?

Labour politican Diane Abbot, philosopher Jamie Whyte and former Liberal Democrat minister Chris Huhne debate a current heresy.

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