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The BBC must improve how it reports statistics

The BBC has a unique position in British society, with a reputation for fairness, impartiality, and usefulness.

Unruly Britannia: Why we can no longer call our kingdom 'united'

We think of Britain as a bastion of stability, security, and unity. This vision was always partly a myth, and it is now more distant than ever from political reality.

On openDemocracy's Brexit coverage

openDemocracy tried to provide nuance in a deeply polarised debate. oD-UK editor Adam Ramsay reflects on the difficulties and successes we encountered along the way.

Austerity nostalgia, racism and xenophobia

Why anti-racism and migrants rights activism need to be central to anti-austerity campaigning.

"We're still here. We can still win."

od-UK talks to some of the activists and supporters at the 'Black Lives Matter' protest in Altab Ali Park, London.

Yes, Black Lives Matter in the UK too

The Black Lives Matter movement has come to the UK - and not before time.

Poppies, patriots and pro-Brexit propaganda: Revisiting the myths of Britain's past

The Brexit debate has sparked a battle over the memories of Europe's war dead, and how we imagine Britain's place in world history.

Left's Labour's Lost

If it wants to get serious about winning power, the Labour party must confront the changing nature of its social base.

Radical thinking: can violent extremism be prevented by addressing mental health?

Against a backdrop of increasingly frequent violent extremism, we must explore the possibility of avoiding future atrocities by addressing the mental health needs of would-be terrorists.

Scotland would not be independent inside the EU

Will Scotland get special treatment from the EU just because it voted remain?

Opponents of grammar schools have truth on their side, but truth alone won’t win the battle of ideas

The facts show the grammar/secondary modern school system doesn't work. But facts rarely persuade people.

What Brexit could mean for refugee protection in Britain

A refugee advocate from the organisation 'Freedom from Torture' examines the risks and opportunities in the negotiations to come.

Can Corbynism claim the centre ground?

The rise of 'Corbynism' has reinvigorated left-wing discourse. But can it capture the votes of the unconverted?

Time for a UK agricultural policy that doesn’t subsidise the rich

Now that the UK is leaving the disastrous Common Agricultural Policy, let's transform our farming for good.

Brexit Britain and the political economy of undemocracy: part 2 – the left

While the right acts decisively to restore the established order, the Corbyn experiment eschews both democracy and state power, and thus Labour’s best hope of transforming capitalism – part two of two.

Brexit Britain and the political economy of undemocracy: part 1 – the right

The aftermath of economic crisis, followed by Brexit, has seen the dismantling of democratic norms in Britain. The right benefits, while the left stands by. Part one of two.

Treat, don't police

Last week's shocking treatment of migrants by employer Byron shows how government is seeking to create an army of informants - and they're trying the same tactics in our NHS.

The role of the media in the polarisation of British politics

The media feeds off rapidly-changing, dramatic narratives. This tendency has stoked the polarisation of party politics.

Video: Black lives matter: shutdown

"1,562 deaths in police custody in my lifetime. 0 convictions". As Black Lives Matter protesters set up blockades in London, Birmingham and Nottingham, here's their video explaining why it's time for a shutdown.

How can we change political discourse?

Social media encloses us in a bubble of similar opinions, whilst debate-style shows fail to really challenge us. How can we break this pattern?

Don't make crude assumptions about young people's attitudes to the EU

Until recently, young people were one of Britain's most Eurosceptic demographics.

"Beef with Byron": the restaurant on the frontlines of the immigration debate

After the deportation of 35 workers, Byron is mired in a debate that sets the restaurant's 'business ethics' against the politics surrounding immigration.

Is democracy incoherent?

Author of The Establishment Owen Jones, ResPublica director and author of Radical Republic Phillip Blond, and former leader of the Conservative party Michael Howard examine the strange perils of democracy.

Labour needs to take a stand in favour of immigration

In the face of rising xenophobia, the Labour party must embrace pro-migration politics.

'Corbyn-mania': cult of personality or political movement?

Why have thousands of people seemingly have vested their political hopes in a single figurehead?

Labour needs a programme of political education

The Labour party membership has grown hugely. To mobilise this membership, it needs to invest in educating it.

Public service austerity broadcasts

Public service broadcasters are implicated in legitimising neoliberal policies in response to political and economic crisis. The coverage of RTÉ, for example, invited Irish viewers to cheer on the forces of technocratic fiscal responsibility.

Popular delusions: Corbynism constructs its people

Team Corbyn conjures a people, but fails to do the hard work of building one.

We need to reach out

Activists and organisers across the UK need to find a better way to do politics.

We must abandon the idea of legal protest

The laws governing the legality of civil dissent narrow the parameters of political possibility.

Dear Labour

The world has changed. Labour needs to change with it.

Don't forget the role of the press in Brexit

The lies of Britain's papers have been key to shaping the country's current predicament

Why a second independence referendum is not inevitable in Scotland

In the complexity of post-Brexit Britain, a second independence referendum in Scotland isn't the dead-cert some think.

Power and precarity: the class politics of the Labour leadership race

Labour's hotly-contested leadership election is underpinned by issues of class and poverty. Yet the class dynamics at play are seldom openly addressed.

Independence Day for the BBC?

In an uncertain ‘Brexit Britain’, we must ensure that the BBC remains a public broadcaster, as free as possible from state interference.

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