And why is 'win at all costs' politics preferable?
Ansgar Allen's book traces our obsession with assessment, standards and measurement in modern education. It is both an unsettling history and a provocative call for resistance.
London’s housing ‘crisis’
is not a result of faceless economic forces: it has been carefully
prepared and legislated over a number of years to serve the interests of those who benefit from it.
Not quite. Here’s one thing you can do about it.
So the Tories have been returned with an
overall majority to govern us for another five years. What does this mean for
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
There are major battles ahead for the climate movement. They can be fought – and won.
The attempt to stop us seeing Prince Charles' letters pose a much bigger question: how transparent is the British government?
The Conservatives' surprise but qualified win exposes the deep problems facing the country over the coming years.
How do we address extremism in a
way that does not impinge on civil liberties and exacerbate tensions in our
When Janek Żyliński challenged Nigel Farage to a duel last month, the Polish nobleman was drawing on a centuries-old tradition.
An open letter to Theresa May.
When someone dies in a mental health unit in England or Wales, there is currently no obligation to carry out an independent inquiry.
Does Britain's partisan press have too much influence on broadcast news?
The government says GPs are in the most "exciting" area of the NHS. In fact General Practice is in a parlous state.
An English city celebrated for its prosperity is riven with extreme inequality, poverty and inadequate housing.
Centralisation has certainly failed, but the promise of devolution to Greater Manchester is being massively hyped.
Coverage focused overwhelmingly on the economy rather than media control, but the new government will struggle to kick the issue into the long grass.
The election results show that the space for
anti-establishment parties is on the right and the left, not in the centre.
Last week, a hollowed out Labour with a gagged leader failed to motivate its supporters to the polls. The party seems determined to learn all the wrong lessons.
The socialist and labour movements of Britain at the turn of the 20th century saw Magna Carta as an important symbol to invoke in their own struggles against the current system and its abuses.
Thursday's vote didn't represent the ringing endorsement of austerity that the Tories will now pretend that it did.
proportional voting system would give us a parliament full of vitality. Instead
we’ve got a two-tone debating chamber and a government of thin
Is TTIP really going to help consumers?
Labour abandoned its pledge to tackle media concentration after its 1992 defeat. It should resist the urge to do so now.
A passionate contest in Bradford West was a highlight of Britain's general election. Here is the remarkable story from a changing city.
The appointment of John Whittingdale as culture secretary is a wise move by Cameron. His expertise will be vital in ensuring that next year's BBC charter renewal is properly debated.
With a Conservative
victory in the UK election, even deeper cuts are looming for women already in
poverty and at risk, and the suffering will become entrenched.
As the Labour right-wing searches to rationalise last week's election defeat, the future of the party is at stake.
Could a green phoenix arise from the flames of the 2015
You can't defeat the politics of fear, with more fear.
Far from undermining its power, the new hybrid media environment has enabled the corporation to consolidate its news monopoly.
The only way parties of the left can stop Boris Johnson is by coming together and ending their internecine tribalism.
The Conservatives have won. Now Britain’s own union and its EU membership are under question
What happened in the UK's election by someone whose prediction was more right than wrong
(And how free is our press?)
As Britain heads to the polls, what is the real significance of these elections?
Huge hidden cuts to hospital budgets, soaring privatisation, and some scary plans to make us pay for healthcare - as voters go to the polls, the consequences of more Tory government could be dire.
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