Dying for Justice: black and minority ethnic deaths in custody

509 suspicious deaths of people from BME, migrant and asylum seeker communities in state custody over 23 years. Five prosecutions. Not one single conviction. A chilling report from the Institute of Race Relations.

Dying for Justice: black and minority ethnic deaths in custody

509 suspicious deaths of people from BME, migrant and asylum seeker communities in state custody over 23 years. Five prosecutions. Not one single conviction. A chilling report from the Institute of Race Relations.

The UK's constitutional future: a view from the US

A leading US constitutional lawyer and political scientist asks if the UK is moving towards federalism, making the need for a written constitution imperative. If so, how to decide on a written constitution?

Misdirection at the Chilcot Inquiry

The Inquiry shows us that when asked a difficult question there is nearly always a way to deflect responsibility.

Yarl’s Wood: legal black hole

Women in Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre have become increasingly desperate as repeated rounds of legal aid cuts introduced by the UK Government have made it more difficult for them to access justice.

One bath for 12 women and 11 babies: UK asylum housing by G4S

On a suburban street in Leeds, security company G4S packs 23 women and children into one house with a single bathroom.

British universities and the prevalence of 'bad governance'

As universities embrace their for-profit role they have adopted practices which would have been unthinkable a generation ago.

Charities help out the NHS… or do they?

Labour's offer this week of 'NHS preferred provider' status to voluntary sector organisations raises some fundamental questions about their role in today's world.

What’s gone wrong at HMRC?

'Managerialism' and cosy deals for big business have sucked the life from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

UK immigration detention: the truth is out

Successive governments have ignored and dismissed complaints of suffering in UK immigration lock-ups. This week, in Parliament and on national television, fresh evidence has been heard.

Basic Income - basic respect

Basic Income is not a panacea for our woeful economic structure but it could certainly be a big step forward.

A mayor for all seasons?

The case for elected mayors has not been scrutinised sufficiently. The imposition of an elected mayor on Greater Manchester in particular risks undermining a delicate local political balance and is an act of elitism that might well backfire.

Voluntary services have succumbed to the privatisers

The Coalition is turning voluntary services into a cheap adjunct to privatisation - and far too many of those in voluntary services have been complicit.

Our dirty little secrets

Peter Oborne’s revelations about the Telegraph and HSBC must be the beginning, not the end. Time for us all to come clean. I’ll start.

 

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.

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.

With corporate energy, we're stuck in the dark ages – let's switch to public ownership

Fuel poverty, constant price hikes, billions siphoned off to shareholders - the private energy market has failed in social terms. It's time for democratic control of energy.

Labour's lackluster tuition fee pledge is the tip of the iceberg: mainstream politics is melting away

In the 2015 general election, centrist policy maneuvering and political commentary cannot comprehend the new political reality

The BBC, the licence fee and the digital public space

The Controller of the BBC’s archive strategy maintains the institution’s fundamental role within the media ecology and argues that the Licence Fee should safeguard a new democratic digital public space.

Death at Yarl’s Wood: Women in mourning, women in fear

Abuse at Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre is finally mainstream news. When a woman died at Yarl’s Wood in 2014, a woman who knew her inside spoke by phone to Jennifer Allsopp.

 

3 police officers forcibly strip a vulnerable child without calling her mum. Is that all right?

More and more children are being stripped or strip-searched in state custody in England and Wales. Children’s charities welcome a recent court judgement that clarifies the law.

'Headbutt the bitch' Serco guard, Yarl’s Wood, a UK immigration detention centre

For years women locked up inside Yarl’s Wood, a UK government lock-up in Bedfordshire, have complained of racist abuse, sexual abuse and shoddy medical treatment. Now there is video evidence. WATCH ‘INSIDE YARL’S WOOD’ CHANNEL 4 NEWS

Britain's dysfunctional economy cannot last - but we can fix it

Because sterling is much too strong, manufacturing as a percentage of GDP in the UK has shrunk from 32% as late as 1970 to the unviable level of barely 10% now.

Why we occupy: Dutch universities at the crossroads

The Netherlands, a mere 10 years behind the UK, seems eager to catch up. Twin pressures of authoritarianism from above and neoliberalism from below make it necessary to develop the democratic alternative put forward by the movement for a new university.

Putin still has plenty of friends in London

If we take a brief look back at our history of “getting tough” with Russia, we can see where our political and financial elites really stand.

Why Britain won’t talk about crucial elements of Jihadi John’s story

The role of our security services in the actions of 'Jihadi John' needs grown up discussion - we must not forget the lessons of Northern Ireland.

Rifkind: good riddance

Malcolm Rifkind has faced public rage this week. He deserves every decibel of it.

The left needs to confront its illusions about the EU

How can we voice opposition to the EU without sounding like Nigel Farage?

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.

From electricity suppliers to doctors, why do many reject the modern imperative to 'shop around'?

A new report by the Competition and Markets Authority highlights how poorer people are failed by energy markets. Jonathan Tomlinson finds the same for health - and for understandable reasons. 

Lose the licence fee, abolish the Trust

A new House of Commons report sets out the issues for the forthcoming review of the BBC Charter. It calls for the abolition of the BBC Trust and a long-term replacement for the licence fee. 

Four options for configuring the UK

Unitary state, devolution, federalism or confederation? Andrew Blick discusses four options for configuring the UK.

A theatre of narrative

The performance of stories in various fringe venues has gathered enough momentum to present the possibility of a Theatre of Narrative where the art of storytelling is as vital as other performing arts.

The Saatchi Bill is not about 'innovation' but 'improvisation'

We already have a sound structure for innovation. What this Bill will deliver is medical improvisation with virtually non-existent patient safeguards.

Why did intelligence agencies spy on Greenpeace?

Because they are building a vast system of social control.

Wolf Hall: history and her story

The television adaptation of Wolf Hall is somewhat dull but its appearance offers an opportunity to reflect anew on the unaccountable success of the original book.

Why is the government putting health watchdogs on the leash of ‘promoting economic growth’?

Lord Tunnicliffe asked in Parliament on November 20, 2014: “are these new clauses a licence for regulators to approve regulations that kill people to save money?”

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