Politicians show sympathy for the sadly premature death of Charles Kennedy - but none for the ordinary alcoholic, facing cuts to services and threats of charges for A&E use.
Measurements of, and debates
about, economic recovery in the UK have tended to overlook deepening
inequality along the lines of class, gender, race, ability, age and
The Magna Carta 2015 conference in Cambridge this weekend will provide the last chance to buy the book on openDemocracy's 2009 "Convention on Modern Liberty".
Former HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Lord Ramsbotham, offers advice to
Tough talk by the Health Secretary on NHS agency costs belies the fact that the problem occured on his watch - and as a result of his government's market policies.
As globalization transforms the nation-state and
the forms of community associated with it, what are the implications for public
Many of Britain's leading politicians spent their childhoods in boarding schools, being deprived of their basic human rights. Is it any wonder they won't respect ours?
Once again this weekend we've heard that £13bn of cuts to social security and £22bn of NHS cuts are imminent. Osborne says "we all know" that early cuts give a "smoother ride". But do we?
It was Labour's failure to excite their base which lost them the election. Moving to the right won't help.
As 800th anniversary celebrations loom, it's time for the left to reclaim the Magna Carta.
In this report as in the work of Piketty
or Atkinson, there appears a new sense of confidence. But in adopting a middle
class frame, it misses an opportunity.
The support of a widely mistrusted press is not enough to keep the UK together.
The ban on hunting with dogs has done nothing for animal welfare and should be repealed.
An extract from "Injustice: why social inequality still persists".
One of the first things this government has done is to effectively disband the Committee for political and constitutional reform.
The British government's clampdown on civil liberties is an assault on our way of life.
Originally delivered as a public lecture at the University of Winchester on Thursday 9th October, 2014, John Denham reflects on the future of England and "Englishness."
The 2015 election result shows just how absurdly unfair our voting system is. To change it we need political pressure from a movement for democratic renewal outside of Parliament.
the British ruling class, June 18, 1815 was a high point: most battles since have been disastrous.
Britain’s new Culture
Secretary will be rational and measured in his approach to the BBC's Charter Renewal.
David Cameron's proposals for a seven day NHS could have unintended consequences.
Labour's only way forward is not as the champion of either business or the working class, but as an honest referee in the armistice that is social democracy.
The Ombudsman service (the FOS) is financed by the finance industry. Why do so many people seem to regard its operations with contempt?
And they don't yet seem to realise it.
Victims of the black cab rapist were not believed. A man who suffered a miscarriage of justice could not speak to journalists. Four children suffered abuse and neglect. Three stories from RightsInfo:
“Headbutt the bitch, I’d beat her up,” said one Serco guard, caught on camera at the notorious UK immigration removal centre. Cartoonist Lucie Kinchin on activist efforts to set the women free:
Sometimes it would be extremely helpful to the police for protesters to break windows at key sites...
G4S appoints “new leadership” at Rainsbrook: the man in
charge when Gareth Myatt, 15, was restrained to
death, the man who told an inquest he hadn’t read the restraint manual.
Few now question the right of parents to stay with children in hospital - so why don't patients with dementia have similar rights? A blog for Dementia Awareness week.
Cameron will almost certainly opt for the least democratic question - a simple yes no, just as he did on the electoral reform vote. There is a much better way to calculate the public will and people should demand it.
Labour's problems cannot be fixed by minor tweaks. They need to address the big questions.
A message for Mr Gove.
You can elect a Tory MP with 34,244 votes. To elect a UKIP MP requires 3,881,129 votes. Why are the press silent on this outrageous democratic fraud?
Based upon a real story...
Peer to peer lending is finally starting to gain traction but not enough people are aware of its possibilities.
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