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The Green Party leadership race doesn’t have to be a ‘coronation’

Caroline Lucas and Jon Bartley have announced they are standing together for co-leaders of the Green Party. Members should put their cynicism aside.

Catching up with Portugal

As the England team meets Portugal again, national decline is on the country's mind.

What's going on inside Labour's new economics?

With the UK focused on making the wealthy wealthier, is there any hope for a new economics? We talk to Labour Party members and policy experts at the shadow chancellor’s "State of the Economy Conference". !2-minute vid.

Authoritarian Britain is made freer by the EU

The idea that the EU undermines English liberty is nonsense: it has helped curtail the British state's repressive surveillance.

VoteIn might have better arguments, but it is failing those it needs to reach

The arguments made at the openDemocracy-sponsored VoteIn rally were, at last, convincing. But is the campaign refusing to engage with Brexiteers’ grievances?

Climate activists and blacklisted workers face the same struggle against surveillance

The climate movement and trades union movement need to come together to stop repressive corporate/state spying.

Undigested Snowden

These pieces of research indicate a pattern of behavioural change that dampens dissent and resistance to overbearing power, both of which are hallmarks of an active democratic citizenry.

Blimey, it could be Brexit: your views

Anthony Barnett's Blimey, it could be Brexit! has provoked perceptive discussion among our readers. Here, we bring you the best of Blimey, below-the-line.

Dear SNP

The latest in a series of letters from the Chair of Compass to the members of each of Britain's progressive parties.

Let's scrap the impartiality rules holding back British broadcasters

The EU referendum is fast approaching, and British TV is failing to engage the public. It's time to look again at ‘impartiality’ rules that prevent broadcasters from fulfilling their democratic remit. 

Waiving the rules again

The British armed forces have quietly turned to their traditional methods of finding “manpower” when they see themselves running short.

"More and better mandarins!": lessons from my adventures as a government minister

Government is weird. And other thoughts after stepping down as Scotland's minister for local government and community empowerment.

Inquest jury finds failures in detainee healthcare

An MRI brain scan that was wrongly cancelled might have led to life-saving treatment for Bruno Dos Santos, who died aged 25 in the care of UK immigration authorities.

The BBC and British branding

The corporation’s claims to the public and to neutrality are crucial for the British state and its power across the globe. 

The left shouldn't limp away from Europe, we should stay and fight

The left case for Brexit doesn't stand up.

Spain: no country for old-men-politics?

While male politicians occupy newspapers headlines, television and radio debates in Spain, at local and regional levels women for change are challenging austerity head on. Part of the Anti-Austerity and Media Activism seriesEspañol

Cancelled brain scan could have saved UK immigration detainee

Inquest, Day Four: Neurologist testifies that he might have saved 25 year old Bruno Dos Santos. 

Reflections: antisemitism, anti-imperialism and liberal communitarianism

In the current European context, associations between left-wing movements and the far-right, anti-cosmopolitan ‘revolt against modernity’ are very much fringe phenomena. Everything should be done to keep it that way.

Private healthcare company Care UK cancelled immigration detainee’s brain scan

Jury hears that HMP Thameside staff didn’t know the rules concerning hospital appointments. Bruno Dos Santos Inquest, Day Three. 

The long history of Labour's missing oomph

What on earth has happened to the left in the referendum debate? Chapter nine of Blimey, it could be Brexit!

Greek media and independent journalism under austerity

In Greece, the media landscape under austerity has created bleak conditions for journalism and media freedom; a post-austerity agenda could change this situation.

Part of the Anti-Austerity and Media Activism series.

G4S promises (again) to repaint asylum seeker red doors and relocate families at risk

Four months after 'red doors' scandal broke, security company says it really will stop making asylum seekers’ homes so easy to locate and attack.

The UK Gangmasters Licensing Agency: a model to be followed and how to undermine it

The GLA has helped mitigate labour exploitation at the British end of agricultural sector supply chains, however British immigration policies and insufficient labour protections in sending countries threaten those gains.

This is what Anti-Austerity looks like

Photo essay: People's Assembly against Austerity protest, London, 16 April 2016.

Part of the Anti-Austerity and Media Activism series.

The invisible victims of economic violence ought to shame the media

The dominant media have failed to report on the pain, misery and fatalities associated with economic violence: from the devastating effects of the Work Capability Assessments to the increase in foodbanks.

Doubts over cause of death of man, 25, at remote UK immigration lockup

Day Two of the inquest into the death of Bruno Dos Santos.

Has a generation of activists given in to surveillance?

Reflections after months poring over interviews with activists about surveillance.

Have we passed peak SNP?

With the SNP losing their majority, has the party reached its zenith? And what's happened to Tom Nairn's three dreams of Scottish Nationalism?

The BBC has lost touch: here's how it could re-connect

A filmmaker advises BBC news staff on how to better engage with the harsh realities of life for many in Britain.

Medicines untaken, appointments missed by young man who died at immigration lockup

Jury hears of ‘chaotic’ and ‘stressful time’ at the Verne immigration removal centre. Day One of the inquest into the death of Bruno Dos Santos.

Dangerous omissions and intellectual obfuscation: the ‘left-wing’ case for Trident

Recent arguments claiming to make a left wing case for Trident are riddled with holes.

Why is the government so close to BAE Systems?

The British government has a very cosy relationship with the people arming Saudi Arabia.

Report: Impacts of surveillance on contemporary British activism

St Andrews University and openDemocracy interviewed 25 activists, and surveyed more than a hundred, about the impacts of surveillance on activism in the UK. Here are our findings.

Dear Liberal Democrats

In the second of a series of letters to progressive political parties, the Compass chair encourages the Lib Dems to pick a side, and show why they are needed.

G4S suspends 5 staff over alleged attempts to massage 999 response figures

Commercial partners G4S and Lincolnshire Police are jointly investigating fake emergency calls that made outsourcing look good.

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