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Six policies to transform Britain's broken economy

Two of Scotland's leading economists outline the policies they think should be in every party manifesto.

What does this election offer a Cornish nationalist?

What do the different party election manifestos say about devolving local powers?

Corbyn catches the spirit of Brexit, then terror strikes

Theresa May has lost her snap election, even if she wins it.

Austerity renders the lives of disabled people invisible, unliveable, and invalid

The human cost of ‘business as usual’ is great – voters must remember those bearing the greatest brunt of austerity this election.

There is a magic money tree - don't let politicians tell you otherwise

For a country like the UK which has its own central bank and borrows in its own currency, financing government spending is never a problem.


Theresa May’s tough line on immigration punishes British children

“To them it’s just another number, someone else being sent back. But when you’ve got three children being left without their dad … it’s quite major.”

Money talks: Meet three people who want to live in the UK

Government visa fees tell would-be immigrants that in the UK, money talks ...

‘If I’d known what to ask for, I wouldn’t have gone hungry’

When Theresa May’s Britain grants asylum, a brutal 28 day countdown starts.

Trident and the very British yearning for Empire bling

Britain needs a redundant technology to make it feel like it's still great.

These figures show how out-of-touch UK politicians are from everyone else

Here are some facts you should know about the previous MPs before voting in the General Election.

A General Election Framing Guide

It’s just seven days until the polling stations close. Here are five things anyone working for a more equitable, democratic and sustainable society should keep in mind when campaigning.  

Climate activism in a new era: why climate justice is worth the fight

Fighting for climate justice is becoming increasingly difficult, as shown by the conviction of five protesters in Wales. Yet, even it seems like an impossible and endless task, it remains a cause worth fighting for.

The EU, Brexit and Scotland's plight, in an unstable, unpredictable Britain

Where does Brexit leave Scotland and the question of independence, after an overwhelming Scottish vote to remain in the EU? The rest of the world looks on… 

It's time to take back control of our food

Sainsbury’s just gave African fair trade farmers a real kick in the teeth. The supermarket has devised its own ‘fairly traded’ accreditation system, snubbing the well established independent Fai...

Why won't the government take air pollution seriously? It's killing thousands

40,000 people die per year because of outdoor air pollution in the UK, yet the government’s draft plan released in May 2017 to improve air quality is not enough. What is at stake?

Dirty donors back Theresa May in snap elections to secure a Dirty Brexit

Who is paying for the Tory election campaign?

Can the new metro mayor transform the West Midlands economy?

The new West Midlands mayor has struck an inclusive tone. But how relevant is his upbeat, growth-driven vision to those at the bottom?

The battle of Britishness in the age of Brexit: Akala talks to the Convention

How can Britain move beyond its postcolonial melancholia, selective memory, and national forgetting to confront its colonial past and present, and – finally – to understand the roots of Brexit?

On the life of Robin Murray, visionary economist

Robin Murray who died late on Sunday exuded vigour and hope. And he inspired those around him with his spirit. Maybe as a resuIt I find myself resisting the sadness which threatens to overwhelm me now...

It's time to make plans for a post-election Progressive Alliance

The door is open to a new politics – all the parties have to do is walk through it.

Corbyn, McDonnell, and the Irish peace process

Corbyn's sin was to recognise possibilities for political dialogue that the government of the day was not yet ready to acknowledge.

What Corbyn’s debate victory tells us about bias in the British media

What are the lessons to be learned from Corbyn’s performance on Monday night?

Do more police mean less crime?

Labour and the Liberal Democrats are both pledging an increase in police officer numbers. Are these plans a welcome investment or a symbolic bit of electioneering?

The road to the future – why the Baring Foundation is supporting Civil Society Futures

The Baring Foundation has taken the lead in the creation of Civil Society Futures – the independent inquiry into the future of civil society in England. We have done so as we believe it will b...

The fate of the 'jungle' children

A study of the experiences of children from the Calais 'jungle', now claiming asylum in the North West of England, shows why we must speak up for the rights of refugees.

Civil liberties and human rights – what’s at stake in the UK's 2017 General Election?

Human rights are important for everyone, because without the right to protest against particular policies it is much more difficult to influence and hold to account whichever government is elected on 8 June.

No, the link between terrorism and our foreign policy isn’t simple. But Jeremy Corbyn is basically right.

Look at ISIS's own propaganda and it's clear that Western intervention is a key driver of their violence.

Podcast: Steve Keen's manifesto

The economist Steve Keen was one of the few to predict the 2007/8 collapse. We interviewed him about how to avoid the next one.

Redefining the UK general election: it's time to move beyond Brexit

Britons are set to head to polling stations, but Brexit is still dominating debate. Is it possible to avoid a re-run of the referendum and champion social democracy instead?

Peace is in the air: is it time to free pacificism from shame?

Enduring wars in the Middle East, sabre rattling between North Korea and the USA – how did pacificism become a dirty word, and is it time for the rediscovery of peace politics? 

openDemocracyUK welcomes Laurie Macfarlane

openDemocracyUK's new economics editor starts next week.

This month in Manchester: the past is another country

The default white western view of Islam as a sealed world is wrong.

The five things the next government must do to rebalance our economy

The UK has one of the most imbalanced economies in the Western world.

BitMania: why cryptocurrencies are having a bubble.

The latest spike in the price of bitcoin has all the hallmarks of investor mania.

The quiet revolution that could transform lives

Most people can't afford a transcript from their own trial even when it's the only thing that could prove their innocence. We need to move beyond the status quo.


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