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No right to despair

As we enter into five years of Conservative rule, those of us who are relatively privileged need to be reminded of a vital principle: we have no right to despair. We won't pay the highest price. - free thinking for the world

No right to despair

As we enter into five years of Conservative rule, those of us who are relatively privileged need to be reminded of a vital principle: we have no right to despair. We won't pay the highest price. - free thinking for the world

Why are GPs being told to hand billions-worth of NHS decisions to private health firms and their lobbyists?

Whilst all eyes have been on the election, the government has quietly shifted into stage two of NHS privatisation, generating huge potential conflicts of interest.

How it became easier to borrow than it is to save: understanding the silence of the poor

Busy promoting a fantasy world of morally virtuous work and discipline, our policymakers are a long way from understanding what it means to live in poverty.

Carry on don't lose your vote

The Lib Dems have withdrawn their support for their own candidate in health secretary Jeremy Hunt's seat. But will second favourite, the National Health Action Party candidate, now pick up Lib Dem voters with no official candidate to vote for - or will arcane rules keep voters in the dark?

Confronting Britain's military-industrial complex

The "special relationship" between the defence establishment and private arms companies is not an election issue. We need to make it one.

How the Tories and Lib Dems have ensured voters aren't hearing from their most powerful critics

The Lobbying Act has gagged charities and NGOs from speaking out in this election, silencing the people voters need to hear from most.

The coalition's scorched earth economics is anti-democratic

In five years we’ve witnessed a massive change in society with little opposition. Cameron’s vision is incompatible with democracy. 

The BBC's dumb public: a view from Greece

The BBC’s election coverage has been filled with gossip, technological gimmicks, and patronising ‘common sense’ rhetoric. This has little to do with its public service remit.   

Who will tackle poverty after the election?

An academic study of the British parties’ manifestos ranks their commitment to tackling poverty in the UK and beyond. 

NHS privatisation soars 500% in the last year, finds in-depth new study

Don't be misled by one line denials of NHS privatisation based on old figures. The first in-depth analysis of the true impact of Cameron's health Act paints a shocking picture. 

The costs of immigration (or, things to note before falling for a foreigner)

The minimum income required for a spousal visa is designed to prevent non-wealthy people from moving to the UK to live as a family. 

Selective sovereignty: UKIP and the independence of Britain

UKIP’s election manifesto is a confused document with a remarkably limited understanding of its two key terms: sovereignty and independence. 

The haunted election

The comic tragedy of British politics: 1  

Will a constitutional convention democratically refound the British state?

Some of the political parties are calling for a constitutional convention. But a convention can mean different things. How would we design a convention to democratically refound the British state?

‘Counting on plurality’ means adding to the BBC

The BBC’s charter renewal process will be influenced by whatever steps the next government takes on media ownership and plurality.  

A ballot spoiled

Is there still a party out there that cares about people? If there were, here's what they would do.

UK Election: Crime & Justice, what do the parties offer?

A leading advocate for penal reform assesses the parties’ manifestos.

The press campaign so far - the 'coup' gathers pace

The groundwork continues to be laid for what amounts to overturning the constitution on May 8th.

Learning from Scotland

Can the English left finally wake up and smell the constitution?

The future of welfare

From benefit reforms to cuts to care budgets, austerity has transformed British society. What does the future of welfare look like? 

Death by a thousand tariff cuts

The government denies it has cut funding to the NHS - but new research reveals how hidden cuts have pushed hospitals to crisis point.

"Your kindness could kill"

Help the homeless posters are telling the public that beggars are probably crack addicts. Campaigns like these make money by demonising those they exist to help.

This is not what democracy looks like

On 1 May Occupy Democracy will be returning to Parliament Square to demonstrate against the UK's inveterate political system. 

No, the SNP won't be able to 'hold the country to ransom'

As the British press parrots Tory fearmongering about a Labour government supported by the SNP, few have noted how little power Nicola Sturgeon will actually have.

Scotland’s growing influence on UK foreign policy

Kirsty Hughes talks to Scottish National Party and Scottish Green politicians on foreign policy, the EU and the tectonic shift in Scottish politics.

My Beeb: a precarious memoir

Working at the BBC is no guarantee of a career in journalism. An ex-employee recounts their journey from the news desk to claiming unemployment benefits. 

Migrant “cockroaches” and the need to tame tabloid hate

The moment for action is now, in the election run-up, but current regulation of the British press offers no prospect of fast-tracking urgent and serious complaints. 

Whose city? Evicting communities in London

This video tells the story of a family facing eviction from London’s Sweets Way estate. Yet another community has been destroyed for profit.

What’s happening with devolution?

What genuine changes have been secured for local democracy across the UK in recent months? Is devolution creating powerhouses or poor houses?

The British syndrome: an abdication of responsibility

There are glaring absences at the heart of the UK elections contest. The new preface to his ‘Essay on Britain, now’ - by one of Britain’s leading political thinkers tells us why. Remarkably, it suggests ways in which to free ourselves from the trap we are in.

The BBC Trust: a work in progress

A chorus of critics is calling for the abolition of the BBC Trust. Yes, it may be flawed but this body could yet be reformed to fulfil its public service function.

Ten ideas to transform our economy

As the General Election approaches, we desperately need to expand our discussion of 'the economy.' Here's a start.

How many people have to die before we start talking responsibly about immigration?

Last week’s deaths in the Mediterranean were directly linked to xenophobic politics in Britain.  

A fork in the road for Labour

Rather than clutching at the straws of what is clearly a rapidly deteriorating two-party structure, Labour should reconnect with its radical politics in a ‘progressive alliance’.

Democratically controlled, co-operative higher education

Higher education is disintegrating under misguided neo-liberal reforms. Could co-operative universities, member-run and member-led, be the answer?

Bradford West: politics comes alive

A fusion of history, politics and personality gives the electoral contest in one British constituency a unique flavour.

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