Defending the rule of law against the UK government’s ‘slash and burn’

Chris Grayling, the Lord Chancellor, sworn to uphold the rule of law, hurtles down the road towards injustice for victims and defendants.

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On the eve of Magna Carta’s 800th birthday, the British legal system is being ripped apart

A protest march against the Global Law Summit in London symbolises the relevance of the Magna Carta.

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Defending the rule of law against the UK government’s ‘slash and burn’

Chris Grayling, the Lord Chancellor, sworn to uphold the rule of law, hurtles down the road towards injustice for victims and defendants.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

On the eve of Magna Carta’s 800th birthday, the British legal system is being ripped apart

A protest march against the Global Law Summit in London symbolises the relevance of the Magna Carta.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Nothing left to lose? Liberty and the Left

On freedom, the Neo-Roman tradition, and arbitrary power.

If you could prevent brain damage in a child, would you?

Ahead of a debate in Parliament the eminent paediatrician and former first Children’s Commissioner for England urges the UK Government to take action on the most important preventable cause of brain damage in children.

What can the UK learn from the Irish constitutional convention?

The Irish Constitutional Convention of 2013-14 provides some useful lessons for the UK.

On Tory tosh

In the world of high politics, the truth doesn't matter...

Localism Watch Resources – October 2014

Localism Watch resources, October 2014 - including the aftermath of the indyref...

New law proposed to "stop the NHS becoming simply a memory"

The "NHS Bill 2015" campaign is calling on all General Election candidates to sign up to the new "NHS Reinstatement Bill", and is already attracting cross-party support.

Immigration detention in the media: anarchy and ambivalence

Alongside calls for the reduction or ending of immigration detention, we must demand more balanced coverage from our media. Melanie Griffiths reports on two decades of ‘riots’ and fires inside Campsfield which is on track to become one of the biggest detention centres in Europe.

The Open Tribe is already here

A review of Sue Goss' book, "The Open Tribe".

Now it’s the Tories’ turn – why West Lothian is trickier than it looks

While questions surrounding constitutional reforms for England have already disrupted Labour's progress in the wake of Scotland's vote, the Tories should be 'more cautious and thoughtful than populist and gung-ho' on this thorny issue.

Squatting in the path of the housing crisis: global capitalism coming home

As homelessness soars in South East England, a vast warehouse sits empty in central Oxford - until local tenants squat it, to organise a conference on the UK's housing crisis...

Where next for the national minimum wage?

The recent rise in the minimum wage restores it to where it was in 2005. As more and more workers sit on this baseline, where next?

England should get what England wants – it’s time to find out what that is

Any party that keeps wondering whether the ‘English question’ really needs to be asked will find itself shut out of the conversation. Instead they should make it clear that they want to find an answer.

Our dreams don't fit in your ballot boxes

When people go home – what happens next? How do you canalise the tidal energy of a protest or social movement until it effects change? At a Podemos London event, we begin to find out.

Washing away capitalism: workers who’ve occupied their factory provide a space of hope

A soap factory in Greece, abandoned by its owners, has been reclaimed by its workers - and provides a vital example of how things can be done differently.

Time to get serious about right wing extremism

Britain needs to get serious about tackling right wing extremism - and as it does so, there are lessons to learn from Wales.

Big business bypassed democracy in the Scottish referendum

Whilst NGOs and civil society politely facilitated discussion, big business waded into the Scottish referendum with overblown threats. Does free market capitalism really walk hand in hand with democracy?

Looking through a distorted window: English reflections on a Scottish referendum

Seeing the Scottish referendum from outside Scotland, it was too easy to entirely misunderstand it.

Is British football less racist now, or does it just hide its racism better?

Racism in Britain hasn't gone away, it's just been hidden better. And sometimes, it bubbles over...

Bombs away! Air power as panacea

When will we turn aside from a century of bombing and begin to invest in the conditions of peace?

Black and dangerous? Listening to patients’ experiences of mental health services in London

Why are black people with mental health problems still more likely than whites to be heavily medicated, restrained and detained against their will?

Homeless, abused, bereaved: when a child needs a lawyer

“When organisations like social services don’t treat you right, if you don’t have anybody, what you gonna do?” Savage cuts to legal aid leave many thousand of vulnerable children in England and Wales without legal representation.

This changes everything: interview with Naomi Klein

Ahead of the UK launch of her new book on climate change, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate", Naomi Klein talks about saving not so much the world, as each part of it.

England, we have a problem

Increasing English identification over Britishness poses a number of potential problems that need addressing, not least where it leaves England's ethnic minorities who tend to favour Britishness over Englishness.

Who are ‘the People’ in a People’s Constitutional Convention?

Citizens must be included, of course, but what of non-resident citizens, or resident non-citizens, or non-resident non-citizens, or even the unborn?

Growing up healthy. Or not. Child health inequalities in the UK

The chancellor, George Osborne, has promised fresh hardship for the working poor. Increasing numbers of families are not reaching an acceptable standard of living. It's time for joined up action on health inequalities.

The hidden costs of renting in modern Britain

For those who have owned a home for years or decades, they may be unaware of the costs, penalities and fees imposed on today's renters. It is a web of unregulated profiteering and expense.

Referendum week at the Green Yes TARDIS

For twelve hours a day for the last nine days of the referendum, Sarah ran a Green Yes stall from an old police box on Leith Walk, Edinburgh. She wrote these thoughts on polling day.

Battle Royal in Brussels - backroom 'trade' deals under fire

Europeans are in uproar at chaotic attempts by the EU presidency to rush through 'secret courts' for investors to sue governments who try to protect their citizens and public services.

Take the quiet life

A whole array of trivial pursuits, from Jamie Oliver cookbooks to popular dieting, will always be on hand to liberally furnish our conversations, when we feel increasingly powerless to steer the course of modern politics. But the foundations of today’s political indifference stretch even further back.

We are one Scotland: anatomy of a referendum

The independence referendum shows a need in Scotland to reach out.

Putting Britain back together

Constitutional reform must be an evolutionary process, not a rush job imposed from above for party political reasons.

After the Vote

Gutted, saddened, and recommitted to ridding Scotland of weapons of mass destruction.

The British constitutional reform crisis: a proposal

The UK needs a framework for federalisation. Here's one suggestion for how this could work.

Party memberships in the UK: some context (Tory termination?)

The long term trend with membership of the traditional political parties in the UK shows an astonishing decline.

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