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A roadmap for the BBC’s support of local journalism

Instead of strengthening the UK’s local news monopolies, here’s how the BBC could support civic journalism.

How long before the MOD’s flying panopticon starts spying on us?

Technologies developed by the military for use against foreign enemies have a habit of finding their way into the hands of civilian police forces.

Don’t be fooled: Brexit or Bremain, both want us to fear Turkey

Ironically, Britain’s PM did not counter the slanderous comments made against Turks, but instead sought to demonstrate that he too would prevent them from entering the country.

Asylum seekers with red doors are still being targeted by racists

Regardless of government orders and promises to Parliament, UK property company Jomast carries on putting asylum tenants at risk.

Democracies, free speech and the right to offend.

In light of Donald Trump's discriminatory comments towards women, Mexicans and Muslims, ought some voices to be silenced? 

Locked up, pushed out. Shaida’s welcome to Britain

While European leaders bicker over their asylum rules, Shaida waits in dread.

NHS managers are being forced to lie to the public

This latest “Transformation” will kill the NHS if we let it.

Media amnesia, austerity and the great crisis

In our era, media amnesia has played a central role in the legitimisation of Austerity measures. For certain sections of the media there is clearly a wilful forgetting – or, more accurately, misremembering.

Austerity as a failed experiment

Austerity is a failed experiment, it is an elite narrative that informs a set of policies whose outcomes are not yet fully known - they are contingent, contested and uncertain.

The European project is ours: let's roll up our sleeves for remain

How the EU got to where it is and what can be done about it. Chapter 8 of Blimey, it could be Brexit!

Dear Greens

In the first of a series of letters to progressive parties, the chair of Compass encourages the Green Party to drive the political debate.

The junior doctor agreement looks like a sell-out

It seems the government has won its "red lines". So it looks like this deal won't protect junior doctors or patients, and will hasten NHS privatisation. Doctors need the public to fight alongside us, more than ever.

Sustainability and Transformation Plans - kill or cure for the NHS?

Local NHS areas have til June to try and submit convincing plans to dramatically improve healthcare whilst saving large sums of cash. But the decision making is secretive and dysfunctional.

A Norwegian view: are things really so bad outside the EU?

The British are being told that leaving might mean 'the Norwegian option'. From our perspective, we're doing very well indeed outside the EU, and our people, by a big majority, have absolutely no desire to join whatsoever.

Who are the runners and riders for next Green Party leader?

With Natalie Bennett announcing she isn't restanding to lead the Green Party of England and Wales, who will replace her?

The England Euro 2016 team: an imagined community of eleven named people

What does the newly announced Euro 2016 team tell us about the state of multicultural England?

"Health as a social movement" - or just more jobs for the boys?

England's NHS boss has said he wants to turn the NHS into a 'social movement'. But you and I aren't invited.

New series: Anti-Austerity and Media Activism

Today we launch a new series, the latest collaboration between Goldsmiths and openDemocracyUK, exploring the role of media in both supporting austerity and empowering its opponents.

UK media and the legitimisation of austerity policies

By featuring some perspectives whilst excluding others, UK media has played a crucial role in the legitimisation of austerity policies.

Part of the Anti-Austerity and Media Activism series.

Let’s not shatter the fragile ecology of British broadcasting

While the government's plans for the BBC are under scrutiny, the future of Britain's hugely successful system of public service broadcasting is at risk.

Sharing the licence fee could reinvigorate the BBC

Yes, let's share the licence fee with producers outside of the BBC. But why not include news and bring British broadcasting into the 21st century?

From the shared futures of the UK & Scottish Labour to the RISE flop, 12 lessons from Scotland's plodding election

Labour should have stuck to plan A, but probably would have collapsed anyway. RISE sank. The SNP were dull but solid. The Greens managed to hold it together. And Scotland is still on the road to independence.

What is the vision behind the BBC White Paper?

Listen to a discussion about the long-term implications of this week’s government White Paper on the future of the BBC. 

The BBC may soon be unable to compete

The requirement for output to be “distinctive”, coupled with the growth of media consortia, could force the BBC out of the game.

You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to know Hunt is getting the NHS wrong – this week, everyone does!

MPs are waking up to the scale of the unnecessary destruction being wrought on the NHS. But with local NHS leaders now told to choose between sacrificing services or their careers, will it be too late?

The BBC White Paper is a recipe for long-term decline

The government’s proposals would be a blow to both the BBC's freedom from government interference, and its place at the heart of British popular culture.

Job: OurBeeb editor

openDemocracy is looking for a skilled editor to help shape a public debate about the future of the BBC. Application deadline: May 31st 10am (GMT)

Do British international relations scholars question British foreign policy enough?

An interview with Eric Herring, professor of world politics, on how academic IR can confront power.

Decoding the BBC White Paper

Apocalyptic rumours followed by a row-back and relief. It's an age-old strategy, but what's the reality behind the government's BBC proposals?

Where’s the corruption Mr Cameron? Look behind you!

Bribing might be rare in Britain, but that doesn't mean corruption isn't rife.

Why did David Cameron reject this essay from his anti-corruption book?

Readers can judge for themselves why this contribution by a veteran politician to the UK prime minister's volume on tackling corruption was not included. Today, we are pleased to share it with our global readership.

Parliament will fight to protect the BBC

Lord Lester QC sets out why he's leading a rebellion of peers against the government's controversial BBC proposals, to be published today. 

The way out of the Labour Party’s ‘anti-Semitism crisis’ requires a politics of solidarity

Accusations of systemic anti-Semitism in the UK Labour Party obscure the party’s actual history of anti-Semitism, which is rooted in its support for empire and nationalism, not in anti-Zionism.

Facing the facts: a progressive strategy for 2020

Labour has never secured a convincing majority from opposition and implemented a progressive programme. To believe it can this time is absurd. It's time for a different approach.

Why on earth would socialists support the neoliberal, undemocratic EU?

The EU is a deeply undemocratic institution enforcing austerity and privatisation on its member states. In what strange world is this a progressive institution?

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