Why the UK’s economy is still grossly out of balance

Investment is low, the trade deficit is growing, and what growth we have is largely driven by ultra-cheap money and asset inflation. This is unbalanced and unsustainable.

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Why the UK’s economy is still grossly out of balance

Investment is low, the trade deficit is growing, and what growth we have is largely driven by ultra-cheap money and asset inflation. This is unbalanced and unsustainable.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Why would the Prime Minister respect human rights? Nobody respected his

Many of Britain's leading politicians spent their childhoods in boarding schools, being deprived of their basic human rights. Is it any wonder they won't respect ours?

The George Osborne drinking game - the new way to enjoy 'austerity'

Once again this weekend we've heard that £13bn of cuts to social security and £22bn of NHS cuts are imminent. Osborne says "we all know" that early cuts give a "smoother ride". But do we?

Labour's failed election

It was Labour's failure to excite their base which lost them the election. Moving to the right won't help.

Let there be a Runnymede Left

As 800th anniversary celebrations loom, it's time for the left to reclaim the Magna Carta.

Rewriting (some of) the rules of the American economy: the Stiglitz Report

In this report as in the work of Piketty or Atkinson, there appears a new sense of confidence. But in adopting a middle class frame, it misses an opportunity.

Why the Conservatives should be fighting to keep the BBC exactly as it is, and why they won't

The support of a widely mistrusted press is not enough to keep the UK together.

Labour and the Hunting Act

The ban on hunting with dogs has done nothing for animal welfare and should be repealed.

Now is the time when we most need hope

An extract from "Injustice: why social inequality still persists".

The government says no to democratic reform

One of the first things this government has done is to effectively disband the Committee for political and constitutional reform.

David Cameron is a bigger threat to “British Values” than ISIS

The British government's clampdown on civil liberties is an assault on our way of life.

Re-imagining England

Originally delivered as a public lecture at the University of Winchester on Thursday 9th October, 2014, John Denham reflects on the future of England and "Englishness."

A free election, but not a fair one

The 2015 election result shows just how absurdly unfair our voting system is. To change it we need political pressure from a movement for democratic renewal outside of Parliament.  

Why the British elite loves Waterloo

For the British ruling class, June 18, 1815 was a high point: most battles since have been disastrous.

The BBC has little to fear from Britain’s new government

Britain’s new Culture Secretary will be rational and measured in his approach to the BBC's Charter Renewal.  

And on the seventh day, Cameron created a 7-day NHS

David Cameron's proposals for a seven day NHS could have unintended consequences.

Connection lost: the crisis of social democracy

Labour's only way forward is not as the champion of either business or the working class, but as an honest referee in the armistice that is social democracy.

The Financial Ombudsman, a fair service?

The Ombudsman service (the FOS) is financed by the finance industry. Why do so many people seem to regard its operations with contempt?

Why the rise of UKIP is a significant threat to Welsh Labour

And they don't yet seem to realise it.

Human rights, why should I care? Real life stories

Victims of the black cab rapist were not believed. A man who suffered a miscarriage of justice could not speak to journalists. Four children suffered abuse and neglect. Three stories from RightsInfo:

On the movement to shut down Yarl’s Wood

“Headbutt the bitch, I’d beat her up,” said one Serco guard, caught on camera at the notorious UK immigration removal centre. Cartoonist Lucie Kinchin on activist efforts to set the women free:

The Tories and the police - who is playing who?

Sometimes it would be extremely helpful to the police for protesters to break windows at key sites...

Children suffer racist abuse and ‘degrading treatment’ by guards high on drugs at G4S Rainsbrook prison

G4S appoints “new leadership” at Rainsbrook: the man in charge when Gareth Myatt, 15, was restrained to death, the man who told an inquest he hadn’t read the restraint manual.

The government must act to improve the human rights of dementia patients and carers

Few now question the right of parents to stay with children in hospital - so why don't patients with dementia have similar rights? A blog for Dementia Awareness week.

The EU referendum - what is the question though?

Cameron will almost certainly opt for the least democratic question - a simple yes no, just as he did on the electoral reform vote. There is a much better way to calculate the public will and people should demand it.

10 questions for the Labour Party

Labour's problems cannot be fixed by minor tweaks. They need to address the big questions.

Voters per MP: why First Past The Post failed

You can elect a Tory MP with 34,244 votes. To elect a UKIP MP requires 3,881,129 votes. Why are the press silent on this outrageous democratic fraud?

Is alternative finance increasing entrepreneurial opportunity?

Peer to peer lending is finally starting to gain traction but not enough people are aware of its possibilities.

In turbulent times

History shows us that tumultuous times bring change. Now is not the moment for the left to despair.

Reflections on the election: lessons to be learned...

What happened on the 7th of May? And what next?

What now for Localism?

So the Tories have been returned with an overall majority to govern us for another five years. What does this mean for local democracy?

The future of human rights in the UK

A British Bill of Rights will not only allow the Conservative government to deport an individual to a country where they face a real risk of torture, harm or humiliation: the human rights system must be fought for.

Mercury rising: three crunch points on climate change this summer

There are major battles ahead for the climate movement. They can be fought – and won.

Freedoms at risk? What the ‘Spider Memos’ tell us about the right to open government in the UK

The attempt to stop us seeing Prince Charles' letters pose a much bigger question: how transparent is the British government?

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