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Why the sugar industry should not be renationalised

Sugar beet refining was a nationalised industry until the 1970s. But rather than harking back to the height of the sugar rush, we should be weaning ourselves off the white stuff. 

Duality, dualism, duelling and Brexit

Taking this opportunity to rethink a part of government crucial to a fair and dynamic society would be good politics. Whitehall is no more capable of doing this than Brussels.

USS is the tip of the iceberg. Our pensions system is a hot mess

The USS strikes should be a wakeup call to the crisis brewing in the UK pensions system.

Are cash-strapped hospitals walking into a trap that could cost the NHS its family silver?

Hospitals from Yorkshire to Yeovil are rushing to set up secretive private companies in which to transfer NHS staff and assets. OurNHS looks in depth at the possible impacts – and whether it’s likely to go horribly wrong.

Why the Tories do not believe in free markets

While the Tories sing the praises of free market capitalism, they preside over an economy that shuns free markets in favour of huge subsidies to a privileged elite.

The new economics of Labour

Tory-supporting media, unchallenged by a supposedly liberal press, portray Corbyn as a Soviet fellow-traveller, while unnoticed the shadow chancellor sets out a vision which breaks with the bureaucratic model of 1945.

Who owns Britain?

Most countries have polices that restrict foreign ownership. But in Britain, governments have actively encouraged it — and the costs are now becoming clear. 

Framing the economy: how to win the case for a better system

New research shows how changing the way we talk about the economy can help win public support for a progressive economic agenda.

How Scotland's beavers came back, and how you can help

The Scottish government is consulting on whether to let reintroduced beavers stay.

Four ways Labour could be by the many, not just for the many

Why we must build new institutions of economic democracy, and how we can do it.

The courage of difficult women

What happened at Save the Children is a symptom of a wider problem in our society which urgently needs to be addressed. The women who have spoken up are the real heroes, not the men who have had the ‘courage’ to admit their mistakes.

The left should think more carefully before defending the Good Friday Agreement

The fact that the ultra-conservative Brexiters are out to get the Belfast Agreement doesn’t mean progressives should abandon their critical faculties towards it.

Ulster and Brexit, a return of Britain's violent history

Brexiteers’ apparent willingness to cut loose the Northern Irish peace process reflects a historic world view that hasn’t advanced much since the English Civil War.

The Guardian view on... cultural genocide

When Britain's liberal newspaper parrots the lines of hardline nationalists opposing diversity, something interesting is going on.

VIDEO: Can radical social democracy save us?

Paul Mason, Dr Faiza Shaheen, Anthony Barnett and Dr Johnna Montgomerie discuss whether radical social democracy offers a way out of the crisis of neoliberalism, and what that means for future economic policy. 

UK diplomats met, talked Brexit with Trump aide linked to Russia probe

More details emerge of controversial meetings between UK foreign office officials and George Papadopoulos.

#HeartUnions - why young workers need trade unions more than ever

Can't book medical appointments because of unpredictable shifts? Can't book leave because your boss doesn't like you? The reality of modern work doesn’t have to be this way.

What we've discovered in a year investigating the dark money that funded Brexit means we can't stop now

On the first anniversary of our dark money investigation...

Brexit means…more arms dealing to human rights abusers

The UK has a long and inglorious history of political and military support for dictatorships. Ministerial statements suggest Brexit will make it even worse.

Automation can set us free - but if mismanaged it will leave our democracy in peril

We must start planning now to ensure democracy thrives in the information and network age.

Revealed: how hundreds of seats are effectively ‘reserved’ by men at Westminster

New research released today shows how our electoral system is blocking progress towards greater gender equality in parliament. It’s time for a new frontier.   

Falling house prices could be the reboot our economy desperately needs. But only if we prepare for a soft landing

We must act to bring house prices down in a controlled and gradual way, or the long overdue bursting of the UK’s housing bubble will wreak havoc on our economy. 

After Carillion, can capitalism clean up its act? Or will Marx have the final word?

Carillion's collapse - and other failures such as privatised forensics firm Randox - show the limits of the managerial revolution. But who'll take on the robber barons?

England is anxious

Rather than comfort ourselves with nostalgia for monarchy, empire, church, and the ‘special relationship’, it’s time to embrace confusion - and optimism? - about what ‘England’ could mean in the modern world.

Big Agriculture’s Brexiteers are pulling the wool over our eyes

Big Agriculture wants wholesale deregulation, New Zealand-style – and is buying influence and positive news coverage to skew the debate.

The fight for control must take place where it really matters: in the arenas of everyday life

From the internet and the media to the workplace and housing, the fight for control must extend far beyond parliamentary democracy.  

An unhealthy environment – the DUP, environmental policies, and Brexit

Few in Britain have taken a serious look at the DUP’s environmental record. Tommy Greene examines what it could mean for Ireland’s environment – and for Brexit.

Counter-terrorism: new UK strategy must learn obvious lessons

Since 2001, Britain has compromised its passion for the rights of people in the name of counter-terrorism, thereby undermining its national security and winning enemies faster than they are eliminated.

The secrets of 'Black Ops' advertising. Who is paying for our news?

"I think the public would resent knowing they are being tricked. So best not to always tell them."

How a GM giant ‘bought control’ of what millions of Londoners read

The Evening Standard’s lucrative deal with Swiss chemical giant Syngenta shows how commercial giants pay for news – with readers left in the dark.

Criticism of economics isn’t ‘dangerous’. But a stubborn monoculture is

By refusing to engage seriously with criticism, the economics profession is undermining its intellectual authority.  

Remembering Sam Semoff – an American in exile fighting to defend the NHS

“No-one – porter, domestic, nurse, medic or Consultant - got within a few feet of Sam in hospital without being asked their attitude to the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), or the latest government plans to undermine the NHS."

Democracy still hasn't caught up with the needs of women - particularly young, working class, and black women

Not all women in the UK got the vote in 1918, nor can vote now. Women - particularly marginalised women - have often found their political strength in extra-parliamentary action.

The Conservatives have turned universal suffrage into a contest for manipulation. Here’s what we must do.

To cure psuedo-democracy we must address recent abuses that disenfranchise the poor and sow seeds of discord.

International Criminal Justice: from past to future

The ICC will eventually be competent on the crime of aggression, prosecuting not only war crimes, but also the crime of war (for which heads of states bear primary responsibility).

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