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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?

Don't make crude assumptions about young people's attitudes to the EU

Until recently, young people were one of Britain's most Eurosceptic demographics.

"Beef with Byron": the restaurant on the frontlines of the immigration debate

After the deportation of 35 workers, Byron is mired in a debate that sets the restaurant's 'business ethics' against the politics surrounding immigration.

Is democracy incoherent?

Author of The Establishment Owen Jones, ResPublica director and author of Radical Republic Phillip Blond, and former leader of the Conservative party Michael Howard examine the strange perils of democracy.

Labour needs to take a stand in favour of immigration

In the face of rising xenophobia, the Labour party must embrace pro-migration politics.

'Corbyn-mania': cult of personality or political movement?

Why have thousands of people seemingly have vested their political hopes in a single figurehead?

Labour needs a programme of political education

The Labour party membership has grown hugely. To mobilise this membership, it needs to invest in educating it.

Public service austerity broadcasts

Public service broadcasters are implicated in legitimising neoliberal policies in response to political and economic crisis. The coverage of RTÉ, for example, invited Irish viewers to cheer on the forces of technocratic fiscal responsibility.

Popular delusions: Corbynism constructs its people

Team Corbyn conjures a people, but fails to do the hard work of building one.

We need to reach out

Activists and organisers across the UK need to find a better way to do politics.

We must abandon the idea of legal protest

The laws governing the legality of civil dissent narrow the parameters of political possibility.

Dear Labour

The world has changed. Labour needs to change with it.

Don't forget the role of the press in Brexit

The lies of Britain's papers have been key to shaping the country's current predicament

Why a second independence referendum is not inevitable in Scotland

In the complexity of post-Brexit Britain, a second independence referendum in Scotland isn't the dead-cert some think.

Power and precarity: the class politics of the Labour leadership race

Labour's hotly-contested leadership election is underpinned by issues of class and poverty. Yet the class dynamics at play are seldom openly addressed.

Independence Day for the BBC?

In an uncertain ‘Brexit Britain’, we must ensure that the BBC remains a public broadcaster, as free as possible from state interference.

Who is Owen Smith?

What do his on-the-record comments and voting record tell us about the challenger for the Labour leadership and his differences with Jeremy Corbyn?

Welsh football, Brexit and the future of British national identity

Wales' performance in the European Cup helped build a cross-racial national identity. But more must be done if everyone from Wales is to feel accepted as Welsh.

Transforming the mortgage system and challenging the Zombie Economy

By developing stable mortgage finance institutions that do not require government bailouts we can break the “doom loop” between the financial sector and the British state.

Jeremy Corbyn, impartiality and media misrepresentation

Another academic study has found systemic bias against Jeremy Corbyn in the British media.

Digital democracy meets the oligarchs uptown

If Labour is to win the next general election, these activists must enthuse those who aren't their Facebook friends, Twitter followers or blog readers.

Challenges and opportunities of the unbanked and under-banked

Talking about access to appropriate and affordable finance is one thing but what happens when people reject those banks? What happens if some consumers never feel banks can provide for them?

Using technology to inject the demos back into democracy

Online deliberation allows us to take a leap towards much deeper democracy.

It's time to disband the 'Tribe of the 48%'

We cannot ground an effective political movement on the 48% who voted Remain. Instead, we must look for solutions to the political divisions that created this tribe.

Embracing Complexity: towards fairness, sustainability and happiness

Complexity suggests a different approach to engaging with the world – a middle ground between control and laissez-faire.

Labour can only win with Jeremy Corbyn

Labour's long decline can only be ended by an insurgent movement. And Corbyn is the candidate of that movement.

Contestation between anti-Zionism and antisemitism

Only when we refute the monolithic interpretation of Zionist theory and practice can we approach an understanding of the contested relationship between anti-zionism and antisemitism.

After Cameron: How can you mend a broken country?

In seeking a One Party Britain, David Cameron sowed the seeds not for a united nation, but a divided one. A sign that Britain’s ‘Left Behind’ are now beginning to have their voices heard.

'The unacceptable face of capitalism'? What the collapse of BHS shows us about the UK economy

In a deregulated financial market, Sir Philip Green's plundering of BHS is the rule, not the exception.

An industrial strategy for energy

Britain should abandon Hinkley Point and invest in storage.

Economic change will not happen until the left understands money

Developing a sound analysis of the causes of the financial crisis, and of solutions to the crisis is essential to attracting widespread public support for a transformation of the economy.

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