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No right to despair

As we enter into five years of Conservative rule, those of us who are relatively privileged need to be reminded of a vital principle: we have no right to despair. We won't pay the highest price.

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No right to despair

As we enter into five years of Conservative rule, those of us who are relatively privileged need to be reminded of a vital principle: we have no right to despair. We won't pay the highest price.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Is David Cameron serious about curbing child marriage?

The Prime Minister has stated his determination to combat child marriage globally, but he must use Britain's leverage more effectively in Bangladesh.

The great TTIP debate that never was

The postponement of last week’s debate denied MEPs the chance to lay out their red lines on the controversial US-EU trade deal.

The IMF and Labour's economic record

Labour's macroeconomic management during 1997-2010 is a matter for celebration rather than apology.

The BBC must not allow the press to dictate its agenda

Perceived pressure from the press and politicians is impacting on the BBC’s news coverage. In Britain's cynical media environment, those working inside the corporation must fight for its core values.  

800 years since the Magna Carta: Remembering the British struggle for ethnic minority rights

As we approach the 800th aniversary of Magna Carta, let us recall other important anniversaries which mark the struggle for black and minority ethnic rights in the UK.

Latin lessons: what Latin America can teach us about faith in society

Latin America provides ideas on how to translate social need into an available programme of action.

The Tories can't decide whether they want more or less 'human rights'

If Michael Gove listens to Daniel Hannan’s honeyed polemic on Human Rights he really will get into a muddle.

Six reasons why the UK parliament should have youth quotas

Young people are disadvantaged economically yet politically marginalised and demonised. Are youth quotas in parliament part of the answer?

Why is the BBC presenting RUSI as objective analysts of the Middle East?

The ‘Royal United Services Institute’ has close links with the British state and its military establishment. The BBC should not present its analysis as apolitical ‘fact’. 

Osborne's undemocratic devolution

Osborne claims he is offering cities and regions self-determination - but it has to be done his way. Or it doesn't happen at all.

The most disproportionate election in our history. 2020 must not be a repeat.

The electoral system is broken beyond all dispute. Here's why, and here's how to fix it.

MEPs' mounting TTIP opposition scandalously silenced ahead of knife-edge US vote

Faced with a possible shock rejection of TTIP by MEPs, Brussels simply cancelled the vote this week – and now Washington moves swiftly to speed up the publicly unpopular trade deal.

From King John to Baron Bragg: celebrating Magna Carta

As the Queen is prepared to annoint the humiliation of King John with a witticism there is a gathering anger against the way Britain is governed.

What is a 'progressive'?

It's a much (over)used word, but what do people actually mean by it?

Mapping fossil fuel power

The complex web of interests maintaining the fossil fuel industry is being creatively exposed.

Saatchi’s bill could harm thousands

Killing the Saatchi bill was one of the few good things the Lib Dems achieved. Now, with no coalition restraints, Saatchi is again trying to force his bill through parliament.

A new coup is unfolding in the East End

The smear campaign against Rabina Khan that the media won't discuss.

Abolition of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee is a loss to British democracy

The government's decision to abolish the Political and Constitutional Reform Commitee is a major blow, depriving British democracy of a major support for informed discussion of options for constitutional change.

The long, rocky ride of crisis and austerity

In this next post of the series, we explore how capitalism’s crises are always borne by the poor and the weak, and how it is justified.

The essence, not the ephemera: on the loss of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee

The government's closure of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee is a shabby decision. The case clarifies the need for a constitutional convention to support full and open public discussion of the UK's political system.

Inside the world of debt collection

Debt collection, like much of finance, relies largely on obfuscation and public ignorance.

Human rights, why should I care? More real life stories

The state took three lives. A hospital discharged a suicidal young woman. The police unlawfully tapped a man’s phone. Three stories from RightsInfo:

The EU has a big vote on TTIP this Wednesday - make your voice heard now

Which MEPs will stand up for national sovereignty and England's NHS? Wednesday's key vote is a crucial test, especially on the hated idea of 'investor courts'.

The alternative Magna Carta festival

This Saturday, in London, will be a gathering to celebrate the genuine meaning of Magna Carta - come!

Downfall

Is Labour dead and how can radical hope be rebuilt?

“The EU is a first step”: an interview with Federico Campagna

Jamie Mackay talks to the writer and philosopher about the UK election result, the forthcoming referendum on EU membership and historic ideas of Europe that are at stake today. 

The resilience of UKIP

Despite hysterical coverage of “splits” and “crises”, UKIP is likely to be the big beneficiary of UK politics over the next three years.  

Reflections on the 2015 General Election

How can we make sense of the national theatre we call the General Election?

Government u-turn on safe nursing levels branded a "betrayal" by Mid-Staffs campaigners

Independent work on safer ratios of nurses to patients across the NHS, was a key recommendation of the Francis inquiry into failings at Stafford hospital. This week, the government quietly shut that work down.

How the SNP-Tory dynamics shifted the 2015 election

Fear of the SNP drove voters to the Tories - a fear that Labour's leadership candidates are failing to discuss.

Homelessness, freedom and why we should resist the social cleansing of Hackney

Hackney council is using new laws to try and cleanse homeless people from its more fashionable corners. Under the rubric of public “safety”, the lived reality of London, with its poverty and inequality, is being swept under the carpet.

Is the licence fee value for money?

On 19 May Radio 4’s “You and Yours” hosted a debate on whether the licence fee was thought to be value for money. It raised as many questions as it answered.

"One Nation Britain" and anti-extremism

As the government makes a grab for new terrorism powers, we need to examine the basis of its "extremism" narrative.

Radical regionalism and democratic politics in England

The election result underscores the need for a profound rethink by the left in England: this should focus on regionalism and radical democracy. 

Britain moves to deport Tamil torture survivor

22 year old man detained regardless of UK rules forbidding detention of torture survivors.

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