Learning from Scotland

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

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Learning from Scotland

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

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

A new Magna Carta? A constitution fit for the 21st century

The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta is an opportunity for reform that we must all seize.

Anarchy in the Business School

Anarchist theory is on the rise in a surprising corner of Britain's universities...

Parliamentary watchdog: too often private sector contractors' ethical standards found wanting

A culture of revenue and profit-driven performance incentives has too often been misaligned with the needs of the public who fund and depend on these services. Margaret Hodge MP writes on the Public Accounts Committee's new report on the contracting out of public services.

On Human Rights Day let's talk about raising the age of criminal responsibility

Children of 10 in England and Wales are held criminally responsible for their actions. That can't be right.

Independence movements are riding a wave of optimism in Europe

By the time this article is published, SNP membership numbers will have reached 100,000. As president of the European Free Alliance, I have never felt more optimistic about the potential success of independence parties in Europe.

Ed Miliband is right to back votes at 16, but he doesn't have to wait until 2016.

Ed Miliband has announced he will lower the voting age in time for the 2016 elections. Why not do it in time for 2015?

Video debate: beyond left and right

Since the French Revolution, the left-right divide has defined the political map. But is it still relevant? Hilary Benn, Peter Oborne, Michael Howard and Pippa Malmgren discuss.

New banking scandal could cost savers billions

Hidden bank charges may be a major reason UK pension pots have made losses in recent years.

Who really runs our neighbourhoods?

Looking at the progress of the government’s not-knowingly-undersold neighbourhood plans: are they really helping local people take charge of their neighbourhoods? And if not, who’s really benefitting?

LocalismWatch Resources December 2014

Message to the Messengers: What do we do after Yes?

Yes campaigners should stop believing their own spin, and engage with the realities of a Scotland which voted no.

Help us help our relatives with dementia

A hospital admission can be catastrophic for patients if they are neglected by over-stretched nursing staff. A  new campaign demands that relatives are allowed to stay and support their family member.

The role of 'best examples' in human rights

It is not only ideology that shapes human rights discourse but also reference points, 'best examples', cases that at their most successful combine a victim, a perpetrator and a right.

Is our ageing population the problem we think it is?

Stories of young workers supporting an ever growing army of idle pensioners is not quite the full picture.

Flood water - the silent, indiscriminate burglar

Worcester: the front line of Britain's changing climate.

Allegations of assault by guards at a UK detention centre

Migrants detained out of sight in government lock-ups are uniquely vulnerable. Six miles from Oxford, at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre, detainees claim that guards have beaten a man.

Neglect and indifference kill American man in UK immigration detention

A fresh report on Brian Dalrymple’s six week incarceration paints a grim picture of how the vulnerable are treated. Harmit Athwal at the Institute of Race Relations writes.

Meet Malcolm, the man defending his town from the rising seas

As the seas rise, the government is doing little to help those whose homes are being engulfed beneath the waves.

Tasers, CS gas and screams: how West Midlands Police evicted students from a building on their own campus

Police and security guards at Warwick University have been filmed breaking up a student occupation today with tasers and significant force.

Osborne lays out path to broken NHS funding promises

George Osborne’s ‘new’ NHS money comes with worrying strings attached. Is this really about healthcare at all?

UKIP is the formation of a new political elite – nothing more

UKIP are no radical insurgents nor are they a threat to the established order - they are trying to preserve the Britain of the 1950s. They are entirely embedded within elite politics.

David Cameron on immigration: “Bloody unicorns, coming here, takin' our rainbows”

Cameron is 'cracking down' on problems which don't exist.

Privatisation: the gap between politicians and the rest of us

New analysis from We Own It shows just how big the gap has become between what the British public want for their public services and what Westminster wants.

Speaking truth to power? Iraq & the BBC

For the media, as for the politicians, the ideal war is one that’s short and sharp, has good guys and bad guys, and has a clear outcome. Iraq in 2003 did not follow the script.

Beware the terrorist lurking in your bookcase: are British citizens being prosecuted for thought crimes?

Britain's counter-terrorism laws are becoming more sweeping and powerful. They are beginning to criminalise not only what we do, but also what we say and think.

British perfidy in Greece: a story worth remembering

It was the day, seventy years ago this Tuesday, when the British Army at war with Germany switched their allegiance, opening fire upon – and arming Greek collaborators with the Nazis to fire upon – a civilian crowd in Syntagma Square.

Video: John Campbell lecture on constitutional reform

Graham Allen MP talks about the current constitutional situation and what is needed for a proper settlement for these islands.

The curse of loneliness and its damage to Britain

‘I’ve got my photographs, I’ve got my memories’.

Video and essay.

Justice turned upside down: victims of wrongful conviction must prove innocence to get compensation

Victor Nealon spent 17 years in prison before his conviction was quashed. The Ministry of Justice is pursuing him for legal costs over his attempt to win compensation.

Experts respond to the Smith Commission

The Smith Commission yesterday published its official recommendations for the future of Scottish governance following the Scottish independence referendum. Here are some experts' responses.

Russell Brand is no Che Guevara

Brand is no intellect and the left doesn't need him as a spokesman.

UKIP's "contradictions" are a strength, not weakness

UKIP does indeed have both left and right tendencies - on some issues it is clearly to the left of Labour. This might be a problem for the London media but it isn't for the voters.

Lord Smith, King Alexander, and what it all means for England

Scotland has opened the door to radical changes to Britain's constitution.

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.

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