The PR campaign behind the Saatchi Bill needs exposing

How Lord Saatchi’s Medical Innovation Bill team undermined the government consultation into their own bill, and how the government let them get away with it.

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The PR campaign behind the Saatchi Bill needs exposing

How Lord Saatchi’s Medical Innovation Bill team undermined the government consultation into their own bill, and how the government let them get away with it.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

The HSBC scandal: if HMRC is underfunded tax cheats will continue to win

Lots of information doing the rounds has been known about for years. The real problem is that HMRC have had their budget slashed, and they have adopted an extremely soft stance toward tax cheats.

Bad business

Peter Oborne's resignation from the Daily Telegraph, revealed on openDemocracy, asks fundamental questions about corporate influence over the media.

 

Why I have resigned from the Telegraph

The coverage of HSBC in Britain's Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril.

Dear Ban Ki-moon, please withdraw your video

A respectful request to the head of the United Nations.

Four nations and the devolution question

How much influence should Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs have on 'English politics'? Exploring the historical context.

Fifty shades of tax avoidance, or, what are the bankers doing with our schools and hospitals?

Huge sums that are supposed to fund the National Health Service are finding their way into yet more offshore tax havens, channelled through Private Finance initiative (PFI) projects. 

The UK should encourage prisoners to be good citizens and let them vote

The European Court of Human Rights has yet again ruled that the UK violated prisoners' rights by denying them the right to vote. Still, the Coalition government resists.

Take it from an American - Britain's NHS is as good as it gets

This American feared 'socialized medicine' would mean Soviet-era queues and Kafkaesque bureaucracy - but was very pleasantly surprised.

"There's a proper market for proper journalism": an interview with Robert Peston

Robert Peston gives his views on what it's like for entry level broadcast journalists in the BBC - and elsewhere - today. This is one of a series of features on, and by, young journalists. 

Let the people speak! Politicians must heed the call for a citizen-led constitutional convention

The future of the UK cannot be discussed simply at the level of the political elite. Politicians must heed the call for a citizen-led constitutional convention.

Lord Saatchi and the medical anecdote PR machine

The public have been misled over the Saatchi bill - it will not help cure cancer, it will actually hinder our ability to develop effective new treatments.

Super-rich boss vs abused maid: whose side are we on?

The UK government makes it easy for the super-rich to harm their domestic employees. One small amendment to the Modern Slavery Bill could make a big difference, but ministers seem strangely reluctant.

Rally at Runnymede! And join the opposition to the Global Law Summit

On Saturday 20 February, lovers of liberty and justice in Britain will be gathering in Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was sealed, to rally against the Global Law Summit - a shameless festival of corporate networking.  A spokesperson for Justice Alliance maps  out the three day route.

There's better ways to tax wealth than a mansion tax

The history of tax reforms and proposals suggests the current proposals for a mansion tax are from optimal - there are better and fairer ways of taxing wealth.

Our parasitic economy: joining the No campaign

A society dependent on the financial, social and existential insecurity of its people has failed in one of the basic goals of democracy.

Race, migration and neoliberalism

Cheap labour is vital to the neoliberal project. The left must stop competing with UKIP for unpleasantness and start building a popular narrative of diversity and pluralism.

Sturgeon comes to London

At a speech in London, Nicola Sturgeon pitched her party as responsible partners to a Labour government.

Don't believe the false reassurance about NHS privatisation

Even as they belatedly criticise the government's health 'reforms', think tanks like the Kings Fund are making one fundamental error. 

Dara takes over the London Stage

A review of the play Dara, now showing at the National Theatre.

The Work Programme, people and economy part 3 - exploring outcomes

If you incentivise private companies to achieve X, Y and Z, they will inevitably find the easiest and lowest cost way of achieiving it. That is not necessarily the desired social outcome.

The left collection or the right cluster: Ed Miliband's bumpy road to Downing Street

Labour doesn't need a majority for Miliband to become Prime Minister. The sooner he accepts that, the better his chance of getting into Number 10.

A citizen’s income and wealth fund for the UK: Lessons from Alaska

Angela Cummine charts the growth and impact of Alaska's Permanent Fund and dividend – a unique combination of publicly owned wealth fund and basic citizen's income.

Is the civil service reformable?

A bi-partisan approach to reform is currently adopted, but can it work?

Doctors - the new political scapegoat?

The NHS staff crisis and an over-reliance on locums are a result of political, 'pro-market' decisions - so why are politicians like Margaret Hodge so keen to blame the doctors themselves for the market they find themselves operating in?

Will Prince Charles' "heartfelt interventions" extend to arms sales?

The Prince of Wales and his family have a shameful record of collusion with the British arms industry.

Why it is much easier than most people think to fix the UK economy

We need to move investment to those areas with the highest returns for society as a whole. The best way to do that is to fix our over-valued currency.

Re-imagining democracy - peoples' assemblies

This spring, inaugural Assemblies for Democracy in London, Manchester and Glasgow will identify the major issues with our clearly inadequate democracy and then start work thinking on how we could solve them.

Prevent Education?

Some issues pass through many organs of the body politic like a barium meal, rendering visible flaws and faults that might otherwise escape detection.

Theresa May’s Prevent bill is extremism in the name of security

The home secretary’s counter-terrorism and security bill is a Hobbesian contract meant to frighten us into surrendering our freedoms.

Pos-neoliberalismo: lecciones de Sudamérica

Después de un período de rápida liberalización, Sudamérica puso en marcha un programa de re-nacionalizaciones antes de haberse salido totalmente de la fase neoliberal - en una iniciativa que podría ser calificada como ‘pos-neoliberalismo’. [English version here]

David Cameron, England's NHS, and the tiger in the bathroom

As it becomes impossible to deny the devastation being wreaked on the National Health Service by 2012's Health & Social Care Act, who is really pledging to fix it?

A green and pleasant land? The trauma of the British asylum system

The system of asylum in the UK pushes mental fortitude to its limits. 

Post-neoliberalism: lessons from South America

After a period of rapid liberalisation South America undertook a programme of renationalisations, while still bearing the marks of the neoliberal phase - what might be termed 'post-neoliberalism'.

Latin American media and the shortcomings of liberalism

Liberal theory is ill-equipped to deal with existing and historic inequalities; the market alone would never be enough to dismantle the media monopolies which plague Latin American media.

In privileged white man land, freedom of speech is always under attack

Despite what Spiked may claim, protecting our campuses from fascists, aggressive pro-life campaigners and sexism is entirely proper - 'free speech' debates must recognise the issue of power imbalance.

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