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The sham of voter registration in the UK

The government is now purging the electoral register ahead of its boundary review, with profound implications for our democracy.

Northern Ireland: what Einstein would have said

The latest crisis in Northern Ireland looks like déjà vu all over again. It’s not that the situation never changes but the remedy offered by London remains stubbornly the same.

A response to Jeremy Gilbert - nothing is possible without power

Jeremy must understand that the purpose of the Labour party is to win power, and to use that power for progressive ends. To implement anything you must be able to win a general election.

What should Corbyn demand of Europe?

To campaign for remaining in the EU without advancing a set of positive reforms that address its problems, would obviously be a non-starter. 

Corbyn: the European media react

Press comments on the Continent openly betray editorial lines – impartiality on the new Labour leader has proved nigh on impossible.

Britain's nuclear plans: the Corbyn factor

In the debate about replacing the Trident nuclear system, there is space for options that link British to international experience.  

BBC Charter Review and children's content: beware the Trojan horse!

The Green Paper’s proposals for children’s programming should ring loud alarm bells – for children, parents, and for the future of the BBC itself.

Jeremy Hunt faces a formidable opponent in new shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander

Corbyn's shadow cabinet appointment to the key NHS portfolio has already earned her NHS spurs - and will be a reminder to Hunt of his defeat by Lewisham campaigners.

Nasty party's racist policies damage the NHS

Nurses forced to leave Britain, new charging systems being set up even for emergency care - Tory policies are damaging the NHS, writes John Lister in an article from the latest Keep Our NHS Public newsletter (download here).

Corbyn can afford to sidestep the media but not their power

Corbyn needs a strategy to take on the media.

How Corbyn can break the conservative consensus

Three drivers of change have the potential to disrupt neoliberal hegemony: post-material longing, the logic of inclusive capitalism, and the emergence of secular spirituality.

Can Corbyn forge a new bottom up social democracy?

Only time will tell whether Corbyn can forge a new social democracy capable of overturning the realpolitik of neo-liberal austerity.

Just what is the point of the European Union?

By the end of 2017, the British people, denied a voice within the EU for over four decades, will decide whether the UK should remain…or leave. An opening salvo.

"We're better off without each other" - an open letter to Blairite MPs

The Labour party isn't getting back in its box, and Blairite MPs won't get the careers they want from it anymore.

Reflecting on a media in crisis

Various parts of the media are threatened by scandals of their own making, as well as coercive political challenges. This is the moment to re-think what media is for.

The money prism and Jeremy Corbyn

Will Corbyn truly seize the ‘golden opportunity’ of adopting an anti-corporate political stance?

Claudia Jones: in her own words

A political memoir: the correspondence between activist Claudia Jones and her partner Abhimanyu (Manu) Manchanda casts light on racial narratives still relevant today.

A return to student militancy in the UK?

Students in the UK might emulate the Quebecois strike of 2012 in their opposition to government cuts on grants.

Journalism in the age of Corbyn

Political journalists have failed to predict all of the major events of the last year. They need to start asking themselves serious questions.

'Brexit' and workers' rights – no case for a 'no'

What is this crazy 'cut-off-your-nose to spite your face' strategy? How can we defend let alone improve EU workers’ rights by leaving the EU?

Migration: beyond "what people think"

A skewed debate on immigration has lost touch with reality and become fuel for fear, anxiety and prejudice. Never have reasoned argument and evidence been more needed.

The BBC fight back begins

The BBC has published the first of four planned responses to the government Green Paper on Charter renewal. It is full of strong analysis, ambitions for the future and ambiguous financial forecasts. 

Hope, power and delusion

Jeremy Corbyn has won the race for leadership of the Labour party. But Greek and Spanish activists advise against placing too much faith in political parties.

Dear Prime Minister - it's time to do much, much more to help Europe's refugees

The current government position is bad policy, bad politics and a betrayal of what is best in Britain's history of providing sanctuary to those in need.

England’s catastrophic plunge into an uncaring society

Government spending cuts are transforming the crisis in social care into a catastrophe for vulnerable citizens across the whole country.

The unrepresentative House: the inconvenient truth about our Members of Parliament

Is a prejudiced British electorate solely responsible for an unrepresentative House of Commons?

The Trade Union Bill is an attack on the NHS, our services, and all that it means to be British

Tonight we see a party leader in hock to a narrow ideological clique and foreign interests, drastically out of touch with majority public opinion. Not Corbyn - Cameron. Will Tory MPs stop him before he does untold damage? 

Jeremy Corbyn and women: a matter of policy not appointment

Media responses have pointed to the lack of women in the new shadow cabinet, but the policy response to austerity will have more impact on women's lives in the UK.

If anyone is "unelectable" it's Billy Bragg

The left needs to develop a culture that looks like the future.

The NHS stays centre stage as the political ground shakes

As Labour's newly elected leader throws down the gauntlet on undoing NHS privatisation, the Tory ideological and financial attacks on our health service are escalating.

My mother: the shameless refugee

The current story of mass migration to Europe awakens the memories of other great migrations in the past. 

A climate of conspiracy

What the Tea Party and Occupy movements have in common is that they don’t accept the official version of events any more.

Benefits-time to change the conversation

Sarah Woods' 'forum theatre' raises awareness on the punitive nature of today’s welfare system vis-à-vis benefit claimants.

Turning point for Europe: humanity remembered

Both governments and ordinary people should respond to the humanitarian crisis with a renewed sense of humanity. 

Why the UK’s housing market is in such disarray

The dramatic drop in private and public house building in the UK rests on a significant imbalance between supply and demand.

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