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The busybody state is on the rise – and it is ticking us all off

In this extract from her new book Officious, Josie Appleton outlines the rise of the tick-box, tut, tut state and the threat it poses to civil society.

Jumping aboard the gravy train

While commercial law firms continue to declare annual profits amounting to hundreds of millions, cuts to legal aid mean many people are suffering. Why not redress this imbalance? 

Scotland must take this chance to stand up for women’s reproductive rights

Women’s and human rights organisations in Scotland are calling for a Scottish approach to abortion.

We need European regulation of Facebook and Google

It's time for the EU to step in and regulate the world's two biggest media outlets.

Immigration isn't responsible for falling living standards

The Casey report is a decoy. We shouldn't draw disingenuous links between falling living standards and fear of immigration.

The economy after Brexit: encouragingly resilient or still a case of ‘wait and see’?

The British economy has not suffered the dire consequences projected prior to the referendum. Were the pessimists wrong, is it a delayed reaction, or are there other forces at work?

The Glorious Referendum on the EU – Why it doesn’t represent the will of the people

With millions from Remain voting demographics excluded from the vote, and the result narrow, there's no reason for the government to see the Brexit result as final.

Why human rights now matter more than ever

It’s Human Rights Day and, in these turbulent times, human rights are more important than ever.

Stop the government's rush to privatise the aid budget.

Under the delusion of “trickle down aid”, the UK government is looking to reduce poverty by financing luxury apartments and shopping malls.

Children in custody need protection, not cruelty and bullying

Recent HMIC report found "inexcusably poor practices" by police towards children in custody. A cultural shift is needed both within the police force and the local authorities who are failing to accommodate them. The Home Office must take action.

Not alone: what the UK can learn from union co-ops

With nearly 5 million people in the UK now self-employed, we need to find new ways to ensure today’s workers have rights and representation.

Theresa May, populism and citizenship

We shouldn't dismiss moves towards a populist notion of national citizenship.

The end of domestic violence support for black and brown women in the UK?

Dedicated refuges were created to answer a desperate need. Now their survival is at risk. 

Rethinking the BBC: A book launch

Prominent thinkers on the BBC joined Our Beeb for an evening of debate in London.

The left needs to find a new internationalism

Opposing American imperialism isn't enough. The left needs to find a new internationalism.

Brexit has killed the sovereignty of Parliament

As Britain's Supreme Court hears the evidence on whether Parliament must trigger Brexit, it's all over for Britain's old regime.

“Build democracy and it spreads like a virus”

A Q&A on Platform Co-ops with Nathan Schneider, as part of our focus on Platform Co-ops and the forthcoming open2017 conference.

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Slavery and access to justice

Today marks the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery but the uncomfortable truth is that modern slavery is rife. The British government could do much more to facilitate justice for victims of modern slavery.

The seeds of post-Brexit racial violence lie in government policy

Racist attacks are condemned by politicians who stop short of examining their complicity. New research suggests policy ignites hatred.

Re-writing the core code of business: A Q&A with Douglas Rushkoff

Why start-ups should shy away from attracting too much investment. Part of our focus on Platform Co-ops and the forthcoming open2017 conference.

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Why is the BBC giving licence fee cash to the companies who have slashed local journalism?

Under its new charter, the BBC will be subsidising Britain's biggest newspaper publishers.

We need a radical transformative vision for the arts

When social support is cut, the arts become the preserve of the wealthy. A radical vision for arts policy should be at the heart of any progressive government.

Not going gentle into the night: on climate, trade, Brexit and Trump

TTIP, TPP, CETA et al. are bad for the climate, equality, democracy and social justice. So is Trump.

The biggest Brexit scandal of them all

The most disturbing aspect of the referendum campaign was the failure to acknowledge – on either side of the argument – the issue that has now emerged: process.

When the workers nearly took control: five lessons from the Lucas Plan

Back in the 1970s, with unemployment rising and British industry contracting, workers at the arms company Lucas Aerospace came up with a pioneering plan to retain jobs...

Hungry, homeless and in need of a legal aid lawyer

Government plans to introduce a discriminatory test for legal aid were thwarted earlier this year. This is why that decision was right.

From Movementism to Labourism

Prospects for the renewal of the left: a perspective from the movementist element of the UK Labour Party grassroots activist body, Momentum.

Scotland the bold or Scotland the timid?

The SNP talk a good game on social justice. But after nine years in government, it's time for radical action.

National identity: dying force – or future hope?

What does the national identity and politics of the coming generations in England tell us about the future?

It’s not only our industrial heartlands that have hollowed out. It’s our progressive politics too.

A community organiser reports that progressive politics is shockingly out of touch with the communities whose interests they purport to represent.

We need a New Deal for social care

Why was social care missing from the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement? It seems government fears the issue is just too big to tackle, or assumes someone – normally women – will always step in.

We were their flowers in the dustbin: Anarchy in the UK at 40

40 years ago this weekend, The Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the UK was released. Philosophy Football’s Mark Perryman remembers

Chanan’s imperfect cinema dialogues

How can political cinema continue to advance the aims of activists today while avoiding assimilation into the spectacle? An interview with Michael Chanan.

Our Beeb - Book Launch and Drinks Reception

Limited space is available for an evening with some of the country's top experts and influential thinkers on the BBC.

The British Government is covering up its assistance to torturers and killers worldwide

The UK government is complicit in the execution of political prisoners and protesters abroad and there are serious flaws in the government policy that is supposed to prevent this.

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