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Save the BBC and save ourselves

As the government's consultation over the future of the BBC comes to an end, here is a submission to it from openDemocracy's founder. - free thinking for the world

Save the BBC and save ourselves

As the government's consultation over the future of the BBC comes to an end, here is a submission to it from openDemocracy's founder. - free thinking for the world

GCHQ and me

Investigative journalist Duncan Campbell recounts his experiences unmasking British eavesdroppers. 

Dusting off the Sangatte playbook: a humane, practical course of action in Calais

Increased security at Calais might prevent migrants risking life and limb to get to the UK, but it will not deal with the migrants currently living rough in the Pas de Calais, nor the wider problem of refugee and migrant flows into the EU.

The BBC and its poetry

Defending itself from cuts is not enough. The BBC must forge a new identity based on collaboration, pluralism and the creativity of a global audience. 

Let us face the future: Labour, Jeremy Corbyn and the power of the past

Labour needs to embrace tomorrow, not pine for yesterday.

Reconciling VJ Day

Reflections from a Victory in Japan day commemoration in the West Midlands.

Why Labour probably won't split if Corbyn wins

Despite the rumours, the Labour party is unlikely to split in the event of a Corbyn victory.

The great Labour purge is underway

The UK Labour party is cancelling the memberships of significant numbers of people who joined in order to vote in its leadership election - and even some who joined before.

Devolution for Yorkshire?

Can we turn 'devolution' from above into 'self-determination' from below? What would this look like in Yorkshire?

What Labour needs to learn from the divestment and anti-fracking movements

Movements to divest from fossil fuels and oppose fracking have cut a path which Labour should follow.

Labour and the comfort zone

If Corbyn wins, he will have to be willing to accept some radical changes to the way that politics works.

Satisfactory? The UK immigration lock-up that Samaritans dare not visit

  • • Another man dies at The Verne, an isolated detention centre in Dorset
  • • The Samaritans said Verne was too dangerous to visit
  • • Chief inspector of prisons concludes Verne is “satisfactory”

Jeremy Corbyn’s first 100 days

What alarms the opponents of the Labour Party's probable next leader? That he is not thirty years behind the times - but ten years ahead.

Britain’s creative kickstarter: the BBC

Want to know the value of the BBC to Britain’s £76.4 billion creative economy? Have a look at the unique impact of its Manchester investment.

Democracy needs informed debate: how do we get it?

Democracy requires informed debate. Gavin Barker sets out a proposal for how Assemblies for Democracy and other citizen groups can help to improve citizens' access to high quality information.

Why is Corbyn doing better on social media?

Corbyn's natural, unpolished and conversational comfort puts him well ahead of the other candidates in terms of engaging social media, if not the electorate at large.

When did inconvenience kill compassion? Thoughts on Calais

If we replace “migrant” with “desperate and terrified person” do we see something different? A nurse and psychotherapist writes.

So many reasons why turning landlords into immigration officials is a bad idea

A lawyer argues that the UK is moving from immigration control to migrant exploitation.

35 economists back Corbyn's policies as sensible

Far from being 'mad', plenty of economists welcome Corbyn's proposals as opening up fruitful new areas for public discussion on the economy.

Equal rights for all: the limits of Magna Carta and the 1965 Race Relations Act

The commemoration of Magna Carta should not be a complacent celebration, but an opportunity to explore what more we need to do as a nation to secure equal rights for Black and minority ethnic people.

Magna Carta: a beggarly thing, a mess of pottage

If Magna Carta is the cornerstone of liberty, why did the Levellers, democratic radicals of the 17th century, reject it as 'containing many marks of intolerable bondage'?

Labour's pioneers, settlers and prospectors point to Kendall for progress

It may be unfashionable, but Kendall is the leader Labour need - someone who can make tough decisions rather than simply playing to the crowd.

Out, out damned logo!: Why I protested the Edinburgh International Festival

Actors and activists protested yesterday against BP's sponsorship of the Edinburgh International Festival.

The battle unfolding at the Royal College of Music

Ignored by their employers and frustrated by an impotent union, outsourced workers are launching a powerful campaign for their rights. 

A post-election analysis and what needs to be done

Written just after the General Election and circulated to Labour supporters, Sarah Perrigo assesses the future of the Labour Party, with a postscript reflecting on the leadership election.

What Jeremy Corbyn supporters can learn from Margaret Thatcher

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Corbyn should support a convention parliament or he will fail

If Jeremy Corbyn wins the Labour leadership he should try to reach agreement with all progressive groups for an electoral pact aimed at creating a constitutional convention in the new parliament, only this will build on the energy his candidacy has inspired.

Is Corbyn too pally with tyrants and other pariahs?

Why is it so hard for the left, both pro and anti-Corbyn, to resist the logic of "my enemies' enemies are my friends"? Can we learn to cast a plague on the houses of enemies of progress whoever they are?

Cameron’s hypocrisy on Muslim radicalization

If Cameron was serious about countering extremism, what better person to allow into the UK than Jeenah, who has much to say about the contributions of the west to the problem?

Simon Stevens' disastrous funding deal is failing the NHS

Dr Clive Peedell, co-leader of the National Health Action Party, hits out at NHS England’s CEO for failing to negotiate sufficient funding from Jeremy Hunt ahead of the general election. 

Why I'm backing Yvette Cooper

The UK Labour party doesn't need to compromise between principles and electability: Yvette Cooper has both.

Does Cruddas' new poll on austerity sink Corbyn's chances?

The public may be pro-austerity, but the SNP certainly aren't. And from a certain perspective, the SNP are Labour's only chance of forming the next government.

Why on earth would leftists go out of their way to support Cage?

Max Farrar responds to this article, and its authors respond in kind. What exactly is Cage, and how should it be treated?

The Labour leader candidates and the constitution

What to make of the Labour leader candidates answers on questions about the constitution.

Was it the Sun wot won the UK election?

Not quite. But judging by a new report, the Sun, Telegraph and the Mail might have had something to do with it...

Why the left is right for Labour and Britain

Slurs against a revitalised Socialism insult the mainstream of Labour’s long history. Denial of that tradition has no place in the Labour Party.

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