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Britain and the Sargasso Sea: on 'WHAT NEXT', by Anthony Barnett

If you want to understand the underlying currents which pushed Britain towards Brexit (and where we need to go now), pre-order a copy of Anthony Barnett's book What Next.

Introducing our new series: what is public service?

Today Our Beeb launches a new series on public service in the post-Brexit age. Here editor Ellie Mae O'Hagan explains what inspired the series.

Do your parenting by Skype, UK tells fathers being deported to Jamaica

A secret Home Office flight tomorrow (Wednesday 7 September) will forcibly remove fathers 4,500 miles away from their children in the UK.

National investment banks: a radical proposal?

National investment banks haven't always proved a success. Can they be implemented as part of a left-wing economic programme?

The left must combat rentier capitalism

Old systems of wealth redistribution cannot combat the rise of rentier capitalism. We must find new solutions.

The Irish Citizens' Assembly on abortion: democratisation or dodging responsibility?

Does the use of Citizens' Assemblies to decide on contentious issues return power to the people or kick the can down the road? The director of the Sortition Foundation reports.

How and Why Do We Retire? Ill omens for younger doctors

The nature of our departures from our work often tells us much about what kind of problems are being left behind. The individual may escape, but what about the wider community?

Is Zionist a rude word?

“How are we to understand the amazing increase in rhetoric about antisemitism, quite divorced from any actually discernible increase in antisemitism itself?”

38 Degrees and the 52 per cent: Against the politics of the lowest common denominator

The inability to reach a consensus is no reason to opt for neutrality on an issue as important as Brexit.

A (partial) defence of democracy

It would be an enormous mistake to lose faith in democracy, even when it can sometimes give rise to disastrous results.

The Corbyn crowd, and its signal

What is really going on in Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party? An open-air meeting and the changes in a ward branch give some clues.

Saudi forces are killing civilians in Yemen, so why is the UK still arming the regime?

Did the British government lie in court about Saudi arms deals?

It’s time to think about how we do referendums in the UK

Referendums are now a thing in Britain. So we need to get better at them.

The Welsh Interregnum (or reasons not to be cheerful)

Worried thoughts on Wales and what is to be done.

The only way to purge Labour’s morbid symptoms: vote for Jeremy Corbyn

“For someone who did not yet realise that This Always Happens, who still didn't know what was normal… it made it worse that, on the day, there was really no alternative.”

Recruit, re-tweet, re-nationalise: Eight ideas for Labour's new media strategy

The Labour party needs to look beyond social media for ambitious new ways to engage and mobilise potential voters and activists.

Corbyn's message on the NHS was derailed by traingate

A vital discussion on the future of healthcare was drowned out by the media furore over 'traingate'. Only Richard Branson stands to benefit such a distraction.

The world is complex and unstable. Our approach to policy-making must reflect that fact.

Social scientists and policy-makes have long built their models around a theory of 'rational action' which bears little relation to how people respond to the complexities of the world around them.

If we really want to take back control, the UK must push for a 'Controlled Brexit'

A gradual EU opt-out might provide a way of balancing the competing demands of stability and democratisation in forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

The war on cash

Banks, governments and fintech evangelists all hail a 'cashless future' as both inevitable and good. But this isn't a frictionless utopia; it means that banks mediate our lives to an ever-greater extent.

The revolt of the natives: Britain after Brexit

Brexit creates an opening for change in Britain, but who will rise to the challenge and how? Anthony Barnett introduces his forthcoming book

Immigration isn't to blame for Brexit

David Elstein's recent article on the EU referendum misinterpreted the link between immigration, deprivation, and the 'Leave' verdict.

38 Degrees and the 52 per cent: 'Members who voted Leave are just as much members as those who voted Remain.'

38 Degrees responds to criticisms of its neutral stance in the EU referendum, saying that it is committed to inclusive, participatory democracy. The second part of our debate over what 'neutrality' means in these fractious times.

Job automation threatens peoples' livelihoods. Can universal basic income save the day?

Technological developments are rendering many jobs obsolete. Can implemeting a universal basic income provide a way of managing the social and economic implications of such a radical transformation?

Team GB's Olympic triumph is testament to the benefits of social democracy

Publicly-funded olympians have come home covered in glory, whilst the UK's neoliberal football clubs flounder on the international scene.

Brexit: reflections from a Leave voter

Two months ago the EU referendum uncovered a deep split within the UK, and the passions and tensions that were released have not yet subsided. What does the future hold for an independent UK?

Britain must care for its carers

The UK was once a world leader in carers' rights. These days, it's falling dismally far behind other countries.

From 'Tory values' to Soviet throwbacks: Who can claim victory over the UK's Olympic success?

The UK's Olympic triumph can be measured in more than bronze, silver and gold.

We need to re-examine Corbyn's so-called 'dangerous friendships'

Jeremy Corbyn has shared platforms with some arguably dubious people, but we shouldn't condemn his attempts at dialogue as 'guilt by association'.

Brexit or no Brexit - so-called 'trade' deals still threaten our NHS

If UK campaigners don't set the terms of our trading relationships, insisting they protect public services and standards, it will be left to Theresa May's expensive army of corporate lawyers.

Is UK foreign policy helping to fuel the conflict in Syria?

Oxfam's Andy Baker talks to Ian Sinclair about the UK's humanitarian and military interventions in Syria.

Spycops activities in Scotland cannot be ignored

Scotland has been excluded from the Pitchford Inquiry into police spying. But spycops behaviour there cannot be brushed aside.

The politics of ethnic diversity: Scotland, Brexit and inequality

This week the Equality and Human Rights Commission published a study demonstrating that people born into an ethnic minority household in Scotland are twice as likely to face poverty. 

Instead of worrying about 'infiltrators', Labour must embrace political pluralism

Labour has always been a broad church. Centrists must either welcome more leftwing voices, or push for proportional representation.

Labour can't build electoral success on a vanishing centre ground

Being 'electable' is often equated to being appealing to those in the political centre. But voting statistics show that this constituency has been slowly emptying out.

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