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Corbyn should support a convention parliament or he will fail

If Jeremy Corbyn wins the Labour leadership he should try to reach agreement with all progressive groups for an electoral pact aimed at creating a constitutional convention in the new parliament, only this will build on the energy his candidacy has inspired.

Is Corbyn too pally with tyrants and other pariahs?

Why is it so hard for the left, both pro and anti-Corbyn, to resist the logic of "my enemies' enemies are my friends"? Can we learn to cast a plague on the houses of enemies of progress whoever they are?

Cameron’s hypocrisy on Muslim radicalization

If Cameron was serious about countering extremism, what better person to allow into the UK than Jeenah, who has much to say about the contributions of the west to the problem?

Simon Stevens' disastrous funding deal is failing the NHS

Dr Clive Peedell, co-leader of the National Health Action Party, hits out at NHS England’s CEO for failing to negotiate sufficient funding from Jeremy Hunt ahead of the general election. 

Why I'm backing Yvette Cooper

The UK Labour party doesn't need to compromise between principles and electability: Yvette Cooper has both.

Does Cruddas' new poll on austerity sink Corbyn's chances?

The public may be pro-austerity, but the SNP certainly aren't. And from a certain perspective, the SNP are Labour's only chance of forming the next government.

Why on earth would leftists go out of their way to support Cage?

Max Farrar responds to this article, and its authors respond in kind. What exactly is Cage, and how should it be treated?

The Labour leader candidates and the constitution

What to make of the Labour leader candidates answers on questions about the constitution.

Was it the Sun wot won the UK election?

Not quite. But judging by a new report, the Sun, Telegraph and the Mail might have had something to do with it...

Why the left is right for Labour and Britain

Slurs against a revitalised Socialism insult the mainstream of Labour’s long history. Denial of that tradition has no place in the Labour Party.

Does the World Service have a future?

The editor of BBC World Service News until earlier this year argues that the funding of the World Service through the licence fee strengthens the corporation's hand in negotiations about a new charter. 

Bringing power to the people, through the statute book

Scotland's Community Empowerment Bill aims to help bring the spirit of self-determination unleashed during the referendum into the day-to-day running of neighbourhoods across the country.

Smart meters: criminalising landlords, ripping off consumers

Why is the government rolling out smart meters that have been repeatedly exposed as expensive, poorly tested and potential threats to our privacy?

Jeremy Corbyn and British foreign policy

The anti-war movement, with all its errors and omissions, is central to Corbyn's popular appeal.

Austerity as bureaucratized and organized violence

Vickie Cooper examines the intricacies and insidiousness of austerity in the UK.

A party of enemies has no future. Labour’s left and right need to go their separate ways.

The left and right of Labour have almost nothing in common. Why continue the pretence?

When ‘special measures’ become ordinary

To be measured was once a sign of failure. It is now not only common place, we frequently measure ourselves publicly, and voluntarily.

Open up your eyes to 'Devo-Manc'

'Devo-manc' is part of the government's austerity agenda and its wider attack on the NHS.

From Miliband to Corbyn: Labour struggles to renew itself

To understand the rise of Corbyn, we first need to properly understand Ed Miliband's legacy.

Alternative democracy

Parliament, initiated in the 13th Century when the population was ill-educated, is now a self-perpetuating anachronism. What are the alternatives?

The new housing bill: people, planning or productivity?

The Conservative government’s agenda is beginning to take shape. What has it to say about the things that matter most to communities? Let’s start with the housing bill.

Why wait until 2020? We need to act on our democratic crisis now!

Why wait until 2020? The Labour Leadership candidates should assemble as many as are willing and get a constitutional convention going now in time to legislate in 2020.

As Wales rejects an opencast mine, is the end of coal nigh?

In a country famous for its coal, a totemic decision has just been made.

A safe place for children? G4S pays for “independent” report on Rainsbrook prison

  • The world's largest security company shows how to undermine a rigorous and shocking account of racism and degrading treatment at a child prison. 

MyBBC: the problem with one to one news

The BBC’s vision of a ‘personalised’ news service, allowing the user to filter bulletins according to their interests, is at odds with the corporation’s public purpose.  

The Labour candidates on an English Labour Party, a constitutional convention and a written constitution

Labour leadership candidates responses on an English Labour Party and the Constitution.

George Osborne's new Poor Law and how Labour should respond

George Osborne’s introduction of a National Living Wage has overturned two centuries of Poor Law policy in Britain.

Why Jeremy Hunt's promise to protect whistleblowers is nothing but hot air

Hunt's promise to protect NHS staff who speak out about poor care will be easily side-stepped by employers.

On Labour being taken over by Lefties

Why does the Labour establishment react with such venom to people signing up to its party?

Of course the fact that Yvette Cooper is a working mother is relevant

Refusing to value experience gained as a working mother is sexist.

Wales and the changing Union

Further devolution to Wales is necessary but must be considered as part of a shift to a federal UK. A constitutional convention is the way to make this happen.

Who’s afraid of Jeremy Corbyn?

Labour's right is discovering fast that the past doesn't always stay there.

Red alert for the BBC: a response to Enders Analysis

The debate about the BBC's forthcoming Charter Renewal is inherently political.

Sweets Way Resists: a community reclaims 'regeneration'

Having been evicted, and facing demolition, the London Sweets Way estate campaigners have taken democracy into their own hands. 

A hotchpotch of hope

The Labour Party machinery has long been prone to imagining outcomes within the narrowest, safest, and statistically verifiable ranges of business as usual. No wonder it’s panicking over the ‘Corbyn surge’.  

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