Servitude: the way we work now

Exploitative work contracts have become the norm. Casual, ill-paid or unpaid work creates servitude. In such a climate actual slavery, though illegal, flourishes.

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Servitude: the way we work now

Exploitative work contracts have become the norm. Casual, ill-paid or unpaid work creates servitude. In such a climate actual slavery, though illegal, flourishes.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Legal aid cuts punish poorest tenants

Vulnerable people threatened with eviction and victims of domestic violence are among those being denied access to justice. New research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

The wrong medicine

The overwhelming weight of evidence suggests market-based reforms are bad for healthcare, finds the latest report by the New Economics Foundation.

Does capitalism need mass higher education?

The neoliberal paradigm is economically dead but ideologically still very active especially in the education sector, which has assumed a far more business-like and 'entrepeneurial' value system.

Efford's NHS Bill "paves way for NHS Preferred Provider policy"

Lord Phil Hunt responds to criticism of Labour's new NHS Private Members Bill, arguing in some respects it goes further than the original 1946 NHS Act.

We Are Many against Conspiracy: holding on to democracy

Two films, one showing the power of the masses, the other showing the power of inaction.

‘We changed the law to save children’s lives’

Sometimes campaigning works. How bereaved parents, lawyers, campaigners, one brave teenager (and 30,000 people who signed an online petition) achieved victory.

Lessons from Bolivia: re-nationalising the hydrocarbon industry

In Bolivia, renationalisation of the hydrocarbon industry has been a huge economic success.

On #ric2014 and strategy for Scotland's New Left

The vast Radical Independence Conference shows the potential power of Scotland's radicals - if they can play their cards right.

WTF Tony Blair?

The former British Prime Minister is parading around the world acting as a spin doctor for murderous regimes and a salesman of Saudi oil.

Suicide, murder, despair. Coalition government makes its mark on prisons

  • Justice minister Chris Grayling is imposing a ‘more Spartan’ prison regime, with deadly consequences.
  • • 88 prisoner suicides in one year in England and Wales
  • • Chief Inspector of Prisons to be replaced in 2015
  • • Spending on food cut to £1.96 per prisoner per day (that’s £1.96 in total, breakfast, lunch and dinner)

It is not only 'the fallen' who deserve remembrance

The most strident anti-war criticisms came not just from pacifists but from survivors.

The racial myth of English nationhood

Isolation from Europe and an end to immigration are disastrous policies derived not from patriotism but from a racial myth whose most vociferous advocate was Enoch Powell. His pernicious legacy endures.

Questioning time - housing and social justice teach-in

What are the alternatives to the 'gentrification'/'regeneration' model?

Eric Hobsbawm and MI5

He was an increasingly isolated figure, regarded at the time with a contempt and hostility from some Party apparatchiks that exceeded even MI5 denunciations. 

Rochester, Strood and Sturgeon

North and South on the British island, new leaders are emerging from hope and fear.

Defending property guardianship - everyone benefits

Guardianship, organisations placing people in unoccupied homes as we do at Dot Dot Dot, has come under a fair amount of criticism - most of it is not justified.

Cannabis and child slavery

Every year, children are trafficked into Scotland and forced to work as slaves growing cannabis.

Efford's "Save the NHS" Bill - does it do what it says on the tin?

This Friday MPs vote on a Bill its advocates say will "reverse the most noxious elements of Cameron's Health Act". Does it merit our support?

Destitution, intimidation . . . How Britain shirks its obligations to asylum-seekers

Filthy showers, uncleared rubbish, mice infestation. The quality of housing provided to asylum seekers by commercial contractors is poor indeed, but good enough for the Home Office.

Reflections on Rochester and Strood

There is an enormous gulf between what the media thinks this election is about and what the local people want it to be about.

Extraordinary things: visiting the women at Yarl’s Wood detention centre

Next door to a Formula 1 car testing zone, hundreds of migrant women are kept behind bars. Heather Jones is a long-term visitor. 

Cameron faces TTIP showdown over NHS

The government is coming under increasing fire for its refusal to remove health services from irreversible privatisation in TTIP.

DevoMix: localism and the devolution debate

Considering a wide range of media reports and commentaries on the UK’s ongoing devolution debate - do the solutions politicians seem to be offering genuinely address the issues as seen by local people?

Does money grow on trees?

The debate about the banks' power to create money is becoming much more mainstream. After the recent event, Does Money Grow on Trees?, parliament is scheduled to debate the issue for the first time in 170 years.

UK government tries to hide the chaos caused by legal aid cuts

Children and victims of domestic violence are among the losers as more and more people are denied legal representation. 

Seven things everyone should know about the Private Finance Initiative

The Private Finance Initiative is a big part of the privatisation that's killing England's NHS, so why aren’t any of the main parties opposed to it?

Who exactly is the "we" that liberalism talks about?

Though always a construct by necessity, the gap between the idea and the reality of "we" is getting ever larger.

Deconstructing Scottish nationalism and the new democracy

The referendum in Scotland gave birth to a new democratic movement in Scotland - a movement people all across the UK could learn from.

Democratic energy beyond neoliberalism

Democratising energy would not only save thousands of lives a year but would be a big step forward in saving the planet.

Britain and the EU – a sorry tale of collapsing influence and dishonest debate

Without EU 'reforms' he may not even recommend a 'yes' in the referendum on membership in 2017, says British PM. But what he asks for is mostly there already.

Responses - the new report on improving voter engagement

A new report out has a host of recommendations for improving voter engagement and the committee wants to know what the public thinks. Here's some quick responses OurKingdom editors and writers.

Back to the future for economic inequality

We are returning to Victorian inequality. Why is it tolerated?

A statue for Mary Seacole

Soon, the UK will have its first statue of a named black woman: Mary Seacole.

Is the DWP even fit for purpose?

The DWP's goals are controversial in themselves but perhaps more worrying is that the department doesn't seem able to function - report after report lays bare the most fundamental failings.

New report: parliament wants your view on getting voters engaged

My committee's new report on voter engagement is the most radical set of proposals for some time. But we want feedback, we want to know what the public think would improve the situation.

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