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England’s bonfire of children’s rights

A new bill threatens decades of carefully drafted laws designed to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in care.

"A large dysfunctional family": reflections on the Labour party conference

The conference saw an emboldened Left and a dejected Blairite camp, both struggling to come to terms with the new political terrain.

Climate change, racism, and black lives

Of course climate change is about race.

If you want to measure the health of the economy, forget about "employment"

Work dominates pretty much everything. Whether or not you have it, it’s probably taking up most of your time. Employment is the most-common indicator of economic health and nearly all of the public ...

The problem with the British government's approach to exploitation

The NGO Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) engaged strongly with the British parliament during the drafting of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, but found the government resistant to many of its ideas.

Theresa May, this is not a ‘crisis of migration’, but a crisis of inhumanity

In a carefully coded speech, the UK Prime Minister categorises people on the move as “threats that we face” alongside war and global terrorism.

Israel’s right to exist

The reason why the claimed ‘right to exist’ is problematic is a question of definition, not of dematerialisation. A reply to Mary Davis’ reply.

If the UK intervenes in conflict, we must plan properly for peace

From Bosnia to Iraq to Libya, the UK has failed to learn from its disastrous history of neglecting post-war planning.

The familiar axes of politics are changing, with momentous consequences

Political identities have changed significantly, and politics has shifted with them.

Cutting the number of MPs could cut democratic scrutiny too

Fewer MPs risks less democracy.

Does the UK need a 'War Powers Act'?

In the wake of Chilcot, questions have been raised about the democratic accountability of the process involved in taking this country to war.

Deeper into democracy: the legitimacy of challenging Brexit’s majoritarian mandate

Would a second European referendum be democratic?

Anti-aging medical research must be our top priority

What is medicine for? Surely an easy question, right? Apparently not. I have always believed that the purpose of medicine is to alleviate the suffering caused by ill-health and death. One must include...

Put public services into the hands of local governments

The push for public ownership of vital services should not be about a return to top-down state industries. We can’t go back to the past - and we want the public ownership of the future to be better ...

Growth is unsustainable. It's time to shrink the economy.

What would genuine economic progress look like today? The orthodox answer is that a bigger economy is always better. But this idea is increasingly strained by the knowledge that, on a finite planet, e...

Rebalance the economy away from London

London’s Garden Bridge will cost £60m of public money, and may even require a public bailout upon completion. Meanwhile, museums in Derby, Lancashire, Jarrow and Durham face closure. The cost of ke...

An 'Affordable Urban Density Fund' to build homes

I’ve lost count of the infrastructure stimulus funds I’ve seen from ministers – mainly Conservatives during the last two governments, and mainly fixated on road building – so here’s my new i...

Series introduction: We need to rethink the British economy

Since 2008, Britain has seen a surge in alternative economic thinking. From community finance to cooperatives, public ownership to tax avoidance; land taxes to local currencies, GDP to the creation of...

Publicly fund the transition to a society beyond work

Technology has changed everything, now politics – and how we relate to each other – needs to catch up. Whether you call it post-capitalism or 'fully automated luxury communism', the essence of th...

A special gift from UK to Nigeria: promoting human rights or secrecy?

At Lagos Airport, Nigerians deported from Britain are processed out of sight in a ‘reception centre’ given by Britain.

Why should we care that Exxon is lobbying the UK Government on electric vehicles?

We shouldn't ignore the oil giant lobbying to stop the electric car revolution in Britain.

Media attacks on Corbyn show he’s a threat, not an irrelevance

Recent Panorama and Dispatches episodes confirm: the media has never been so biased against a Labour leader.

"They did not pass": Lessons from Britain's history of anti-fascist resistance

Mark Perryman revisits 1936 when anti-fascism was the cause home and abroad. What lessons can be drawn for the left of today?

Facebook has become a public service. It needs to start acting like one.

Facebook has created an echo chamber by only showing its users what they want to see, which means political polarisation, hyper-partisanship and culture wars. Facebook needs to face up to its responsibilities.

This piece is part of our What is public service? series.

We need to talk about Devon

By examining the local politics of the nation's second-largest county, we can see just how tight a grip the Conservatives have on power.

Jeremy Corbyn – a mainstream [Scandinavian] social democrat

If there is such a thing as a ‘best practice approach’ in public policy the Nordic model would probably be it and, at any measure, a useful benchmark for Britain to move towards.

Carers, mothers and sex workers: who cares about women's work?

KilljoyFM is London's new left feminist radio show, every Wednesday at 11am. This week, they discussed care, wages for housework and valuing feminised labour.

Into the unknown: Government surveillance after Brexit

We're living at the crux of two moments of political uncertainty. One is Brexit, and the other is the introduction of unprecedented surveillance powers. How might these uncertainties effect one another?

It's time for Liberal Democrats to admit that Nick Clegg's leadership was a failure

Liberal Democrat supporters must face up to the disastrous consequences of Clegg's decisions throughout his tenure.

Labour leadership, the NHS, and 'honest politics'

We need to take back control of our NHS from the unelected technocrats and their health industry friends – and politicians brave enough to say so. What about the Labour party?

Crossing the Rubicon: why we can't recreate the modest economic gains of New Labour

The British economy has changed, and we shouldn't let ourselves be misguided by nostalgia for bygone models of prosperity.

Why the digital gig economy needs co-ops and unions

Millions of people are joining the digital gig economy, attempting to outbid one another for increasingly precarious bit-work. We need to challenge that culture.

When it comes to selective schooling, not all discrimination is positive

Selection in secondary education is back. The government’s new policy aims to promote consumer choice, and justifies this on grounds of fairness and merit. But who gets to decide what's fair, and who merits a good education?

Introduce a land value tax to curb gentrification

Say, for instance, that a community group takes over an abandoned piece of land in their neighbourhood and works together to transform it into a thriving and well-used community garden and growing spa...

Participatory budgeting for people power

The phrase ‘municipal budgeting’ conjures up an anaesthetised and jargon-laden world of bureaucracy, a process of directing taxpayer money into communities in line with upstream policy directives....
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