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Mining and Brexit - from Cornwall to the Commonwealth

Whilst other businesses worry about Brexit, well-placed mining companies and politicians with ideas of 'Empire 2.0' seem to be gearing up to exploit it - with worrying repercussions for communities.

Why economics has a problem with women

Six students offer their voice on why there needs to be #MoreWomenInEcon.

Electoral Commission demand end to ban on publishing Northern Irish Brexit campaign donor details

MPs vote for campaign donor transparency for Northern Ireland – but exclude all major recent donations.

International rights are only as good as the national mechanisms that protect them

A new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission highlights how many economic and social rights have still not been incorporated into law and policy in Britain. 

Resettling scores: internationals in the UCU strike

“No more discipline, life’s magical” …  has been singing in my head as I see colleagues laugh in the face of the absurd claims by the all-round absurdness that is university management.

MPs should reject the government’s attempt to cover up for the DUP’s Brexit dark money donation

Theresa May is trying to cover-up for her scandal-prone Northern Irish allies. MPs must call her bluff.

How Britain failed to moderate Irish nationalism – and the lessons for today

British politicians need to be careful not to again fracture the trust of moderate Irish politicians – as the story of nationalist leader John Redmond, who died a hundred years ago today, makes clear.

The sorry betrayal of the victims of press abuse

Whatever happened to Leveson? A guide for the perplexed.

DUP dark money cover-up: officials dismiss minister’s reassurances on Northern Ireland transparency

“No one should read a great deal into what the minister was saying.”

From charity scandals to university strikes - what does it take to be a good organisation?

The cultures of markets, missionaries and Millbank-era spin are tainting previously trusted organisations. But there are alternatives.

VIDEO: Diane Coyle on fixing Britain's economy

Professor Diane Coyle speaks to openDemocracy about industrial strategy, universal basic infrastructure, moving beyond GDP, and how to build an economy that works for the 21st century. 

Brexit Britain: are we all haunted by collapse?

The EU is literally following in the steps of the Soviet Union. I’ve been thinking about it since everything started with Greece…  Britain will be the first country.” Part two.

Clashing scales in Brexit Britain, or why we just can’t get along

The first of three essays contemplating the “complete reimagination of politics” which is the drama of Brexit. 

Why the sugar industry should not be renationalised

Sugar beet refining was a nationalised industry until the 1970s. But rather than harking back to the height of the sugar rush, we should be weaning ourselves off the white stuff. 

Duality, dualism, duelling and Brexit

Taking this opportunity to rethink a part of government crucial to a fair and dynamic society would be good politics. Whitehall is no more capable of doing this than Brussels.

USS is the tip of the iceberg. Our pensions system is a hot mess

The USS strikes should be a wakeup call to the crisis brewing in the UK pensions system.

Are cash-strapped hospitals walking into a trap that could cost the NHS its family silver?

Hospitals from Yorkshire to Yeovil are rushing to set up secretive private companies in which to transfer NHS staff and assets. OurNHS looks in depth at the possible impacts – and whether it’s likely to go horribly wrong.

Why the Tories do not believe in free markets

While the Tories sing the praises of free market capitalism, they preside over an economy that shuns free markets in favour of huge subsidies to a privileged elite.

The new economics of Labour

Tory-supporting media, unchallenged by a supposedly liberal press, portray Corbyn as a Soviet fellow-traveller, while unnoticed the shadow chancellor sets out a vision which breaks with the bureaucratic model of 1945.

Who owns Britain?

Most countries have polices that restrict foreign ownership. But in Britain, governments have actively encouraged it — and the costs are now becoming clear. 

Framing the economy: how to win the case for a better system

New research shows how changing the way we talk about the economy can help win public support for a progressive economic agenda.

How Scotland's beavers came back, and how you can help

The Scottish government is consulting on whether to let reintroduced beavers stay.

Four ways Labour could be by the many, not just for the many

Why we must build new institutions of economic democracy, and how we can do it.

The courage of difficult women

What happened at Save the Children is a symptom of a wider problem in our society which urgently needs to be addressed. The women who have spoken up are the real heroes, not the men who have had the ‘courage’ to admit their mistakes.

The left should think more carefully before defending the Good Friday Agreement

The fact that the ultra-conservative Brexiters are out to get the Belfast Agreement doesn’t mean progressives should abandon their critical faculties towards it.

Ulster and Brexit, a return of Britain's violent history

Brexiteers’ apparent willingness to cut loose the Northern Irish peace process reflects a historic world view that hasn’t advanced much since the English Civil War.

The Guardian view on... cultural genocide

When Britain's liberal newspaper parrots the lines of hardline nationalists opposing diversity, something interesting is going on.

VIDEO: Can radical social democracy save us?

Paul Mason, Dr Faiza Shaheen, Anthony Barnett and Dr Johnna Montgomerie discuss whether radical social democracy offers a way out of the crisis of neoliberalism, and what that means for future economic policy. 

UK diplomats met, talked Brexit with Trump aide linked to Russia probe

More details emerge of controversial meetings between UK foreign office officials and George Papadopoulos.

#HeartUnions - why young workers need trade unions more than ever

Can't book medical appointments because of unpredictable shifts? Can't book leave because your boss doesn't like you? The reality of modern work doesn’t have to be this way.

What we've discovered in a year investigating the dark money that funded Brexit means we can't stop now

On the first anniversary of our dark money investigation...

Brexit means…more arms dealing to human rights abusers

The UK has a long and inglorious history of political and military support for dictatorships. Ministerial statements suggest Brexit will make it even worse.

Automation can set us free - but if mismanaged it will leave our democracy in peril

We must start planning now to ensure democracy thrives in the information and network age.

Revealed: how hundreds of seats are effectively ‘reserved’ by men at Westminster

New research released today shows how our electoral system is blocking progress towards greater gender equality in parliament. It’s time for a new frontier.   

Falling house prices could be the reboot our economy desperately needs. But only if we prepare for a soft landing

We must act to bring house prices down in a controlled and gradual way, or the long overdue bursting of the UK’s housing bubble will wreak havoc on our economy. 

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