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Austerity and the rise of poverty in Britain

Austerity is a political choice, not an economic necessity, and it is having devastating consequences.

Why the 11+ isn’t the form of selection we should be worrying about

Grammar schools are important, but it is selection elsewhere in the education system that has a greater effect on more students’ lives.

A dangerous game – the Saatchi bill returns

In its support for the Saatchi bill, opposed by the majority of the medical establishment, the Department of Health is playing with patient safety.

Surveillance, the British and US debates compared

In Britain, allegedly, no one cares that the state is collecting vast data on all of us. In the US things are clearly very different.

Now is the time to defend the public’s right to know

Britain has just attended the Open Government Partnership Summit in Mexico as the world leader on open data policy – a clear winner, now under threat. How come?

Disaster capitalism, and the outsourcing of violence in the UK

Corporations bleed what profits they can from disaster. Democracy is replaced by a business plan. An excerpt from Antony Loewenstein’s Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe.

Art, socialism, and the political imagination

"The liberators are imprisoned in their vision of liberation, trapped between a failed present and a future that is yet to be born"

Integration, integration, integration – the fundamental missing from Britain’s immigration policy

Britain will be a land of high immigration for years to come. We need to start making the best of it.

4 reasons why the recent Canadian election may give hope to Jeremy Corbyn

Parties can and do win elections on economic platforms opposed to austerity.

Why does transparency matter?

Britons believe the country to be run largely in the interests of the few. The government could go a long way towards fixing this by improving its transparency, particularly on lobbying.

Who are the real patriots?

A true patriot cares about the social realities rather than sentimental ideas of nationhood.

Why Bella Caledonia is launching Scots and Gaelic strands

New Scots and Gaelic strands of Bella Caledonia's publishing will contribute to a cultural and linguistic revival in Scotland.

‘English Votes’ is sheer political vandalism and fundamentally changes Britain

The break up of Britain has moved one step closer.

Did Murdoch win?

Four years ago Rupert Murdoch was on the brink. Now he’s resurgent. Martin Hickman, co-author of Dial M for Murdoch, asks whether the phone hacking scandal changed anything.

Frail 84 year old subjected to ‘inhuman and degrading treatment’, prison ombudsman says

The death of Alois Dvorzak exposes increased shackling of immigration detainees, as commercial contractors fear financial penalties that follow escapes.

90% of immigration detainees visiting hospital were handcuffed, inquest hears

  • Dvorzak inquest. Day 8: Juror: Should arrangements for vulnerable detainees have been in place a long time ago?
  • Home Office official: “Yes. I don't know why they weren’t.” 

Ten years in the campaign for tax justice - we have a long way to go

For more than a decade John Christensen has been at the forefront of the challenge to offshore finance, tax avoidance and evasion and the criminal immunity safeguarded by secrecy jurisdictions. Where's it heading?

Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and the wider fallout from the Iraq invasion

Tony Blair was warned by his intelligence chiefs that invading Iraq would increase the terror threat facing Britain. If MPs had known this, would they have voted for war?

Was Britain's military action in Iraq legal?

The legal arguments used by the UK to justify its military action are highly contentious.

Lies, half-truths and omissions on the road to war against Iraq

Blair repeatedly misled parliament and the public over the evidence behind Saddam's weapons of mass destruction, and his ability and intent to use them.

Did Blair secretly promise Bush regime change in Iraq?

There is significant evidence that he did.

Why handcuff and chain 84 year old in hospital? ‘Home Office policy,’ inquest hears.

Doctor warned that Alois Dvorzak was “at high risk of death in detention”. Inquest, Day 7

The UK is not honouring its promises to those in the Calais 'Jungle'

Refugees at Calais are having their tents and possessions bulldozed and binned, showing Theresa May's promises of decency to be empty words.

It's impossible to predict the defining narratives of the Brexit campaign

Who will be seen as being on the public's side, the Ins or the Outs?

The individual electoral registration process is a shambles

But it raises deeper questions about our democratic health which must be explored.

London doctor: ‘We receive a lot of patients from detention centres. Quite often they’re cuffed.’

  • 84 year old immigration detainee was handcuffed and chained as he lay dying in hospital. Dvorzak Inquest, Day 6.

Cameron – banning milk and cheese

Because a small proportion of the population are lactose intolerant, would it make sense to ban milk and cheese?

Life and death in the Sun newsroom

Britain’s best-selling daily paper sells 1.8 million copies a day. What happens there matters – for staff, journalism and society. So what does happen there?

Part of our series on the latest Sun trials.

Does London need a Radical Assembly?

Could there be a better way to organise progressive resources?

An Agreement of the Free People of England: or, the Ready and Easy Way to Party Like it's 1649

The people of England need to discover their sovereignty and make a constitution of their own. Here are some ideas.

Britain’s Ptolemaic constitution

English votes for English laws is another botched attempt to fiddle with a broken system.

‘We, former detainees, demand the closure of Dungavel immigration removal centre’

Today former detainees and their supporters gather to protest at the former prison in South Lanarkshire.

Jamie Oliver’s “Sugar Tax” – the icing on the austerity cake

We need to stop patronising people and curve-balling round the real problem.

Dying detainee, 84, taken to hospital, handcuffed to a chain. Dvorzak inquest. Day 5

  • Coroner: “But Mr Dvorzak had chest pains. Why was he still handcuffed?”
  • Security company employee: “I can’t justify a comment on that.”
  • West London Coroner’s Court, 23 October 2015.

Security company tried to overrule medic’s concerns about Alois Dvorzak, inquest told. Day 4

The for-profit escort company Tascor told a worried medic that a frail old man’s removal from Britain “could not be aborted unless there was resistance”, an inquest jury hears. 

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