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The OTHER referendum - that really could decide the future of the NHS

It's #timetovote for junior doctors in the referendum on their contract. But this offer won't fill those gaps on the rota. And Jeremy Hunt is still spinning.

I'll be voting Leave: a "reformed EU" isn't on the ballot paper

In the fuzzy world of European identity and future though unspecified "reforms" the EU can sound great. But I'll be voting on what the EU is, and what it does, and what it wants to do.

The EU and other neoliberal nightmares

Workers across Europe are rallying against a union which has used its undemocratic structures to force neoliberalism on a continent.

We must fight the ‘leave’ side’s lies on migration, not support them

The remain campaign shouldn't pander to Leave's lies about migration.

Battle of Britains: England vs Wales

Looking ahead to England v Wales as competing versions of nationhood

Nine reasons Scotland is more Remain, (and what will happen if it's dragged out)

Polls consistently show Scotland is considerably more likely to vote to remain in the European Union than England and Wales. Here’s why – and what could happen is she’s dragged out.

No, the intervention in Libya wasn't a success

Shadi Hamid's claims that the Western war in Libya went well ignore significant evidence of disaster.

LGBTI security and equality: Europe and the USA

The Orlando massacre exemplifies the link between insecurity and inequality. And it is European institutions that have delivered both for the LGBTI community in the UK

We can only contemplate leaving the EU because its miracles have become banal

The EU is an astonishing institution, unique in human history, imperfect because of the scale of its ambition. Let's not tear it down.

Britain needs to have a word with itself about immigration

A short look at our own history makes the Leave campaign's rhetoric seem particularly distasteful.

G4S: Don't blame us — blame the prison system

An activist reports from G4S annual general meeting, Surrey, England, 26 May 2016.

Revealed: the climate science deniers behind the Brexit campaign

Desmog UK have revealed the web of connections between Britain's climate deniers and the campaign to leave the EU.

The Green Party should help build a progressive alliance

Greens in the United Kingdom should ally with others to elect a progressive government capable of changing British democracy for good.

Bargaining post-Brexit trade deals: worse even than "project fear"

Negotiating a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU will be harder than the outers say: every EU country, even those Britain doesn't trade much with, will be able to wield a veto

How the left can win in Britain

Forget policy; focus on narrative: hammer the banks, reframe security, and other notes on how the left can win back Britain.

British security company G4S confirms that Florida shooter is one of their own

  • • Omar Mateen, who killed 50 people in gay nightclub, was employed as armed guard by G4S.
  • • G4S guards have killed before.
  • • Company sells its expertise in vetting staff.

Let’s take control! Brexit and sovereignty

Britain's unwritten constitution is broken. It has led us to the brink of Brexit, and must be replaced, whatever the result. The next chapter of Blimey, it could be Brexit!

Deconstructing nuclear deterrence

Military and political leaders who might seriously threaten the UK are simply unlikely to be deterred by the threat to destroy their cities.

The paradox of true sovereignty points to Remain

The EU provides a means to exercise more control of international capitalism. It's paradoxical but critical: sovereignty is dependent on an economy and order over which no nation is sovereign.

Our outsourced, shadow state

The outsourcing of public services to private contractors has transformed the state. What has gone wrong, why and what can be done?  A review of "Shadow State" by Alan White.

Change of some kind is coming either way, but a vote to leave would empower Europe's far right

Britain shapes and is shaped by Europe. Let's not pretend otherwise.

Flying the nativist flag

Austerity has opened up rifts within the EU, with extreme-right nationalist parties gaining traction. But is it really viable to retreat into the comfort zone of the nation-state?

Paying to beg at the Sheffield Doc/Fest

From extortionate ticket prices to networking events for the privileged the UK’s biggest documentary festival excludes many talented filmmakers. This is particularly ironic given the democratic concerns of the form. 

Anti-austerity in the tabloids: red-top campaigns against the Bedroom Tax

Tabloid human interest stories don’t always blame poor people for their poverty and can be connected to political arguments, but they also pose a danger of distinguishing 'deserving' cases from 'typical benefit claimants'. 

An 11 point plan to fix English football

As Euro2016 begins, England needs a long-term plan to end the 50 years of hurt.

Podcast: how might privatisation affect Channel 4?

A discussion about Channel 4 with its CEO David Abraham reveals much about privatisation plans and possible futures for British broadcasting. 

BREXIT: the R is for Racism

B in Brexit stands for Boris and his overweening ambition. But R is for Racism, the method through which Vote Leave aims to achieve the political upset of the century.

What does the EU have to do with hoovering?

On the difficulty of campaigning for something boring but sensible.

The Great British higher education sell-off

If these proposals become law, then, over time, the fee-paying student will become the human equivalent of black gold.

Why I've changed my mind on Brexit

I've argued that the left should campaign to leave the EU. But now, I'll vote to remain.

How many children are sexually abused in prison?

In England nobody is counting. How official secrecy and obfuscation on sexual abuse, restraint and injury put children at risk. See also Five more arrests and another critical inspection report for G4S child prisons.

Five more arrests and another critical inspection report for G4S child prisons

Children tell inspectors of being verbally, physically and sexually abused. See also How many children are sexually abused in prison? 

Too many facts and not enough theories: the rhetoric of the referendum campaign

Both campaigns in Britain's European referendum are build on thin theories which utterly fail to understand each other.

After the Swiss basic income vote – learning political lessons is key!

Basic income support is growing as more people become familiar with the idea, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

Has the Scottish National Party become the ‘establishment’? An anti-racist perspective

Is the SNP failing on race, just like the Westminster parties?

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