Lies, damn lies and hunting polls

Whether the public support or oppose the hunting ban seems to depend very much on which question is asked, and who's asking the question.

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Lies, damn lies and hunting polls

Whether the public support or oppose the hunting ban seems to depend very much on which question is asked, and who's asking the question.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Gender equality: time for quotas in Scottish politics?

We can't just sit around and wait for equality to happen.

Time for None of the Above

To foster accountability and restore our right to dissent, we need another option on the ballot paper.

A war of new connections

The close links between American surveillance of Africa and military facilities in England are revealed by campaigners working for non-violent social change.

A&E crisis mounts as East of England wastes money on privatisation

Failed privatisation experiments, vanity IT projects and "disastrous" PFI deals are enriching a familiar few, as patients pay the price.  

The housing crisis: a deficit in democracy #Occupydemocracy

#Occupydemocracy will return to Parliament Square on Saturday for an occupation themed around the housing crisis. Join us!

Open for business?

The timing of HSBC’s decision to shut down the bank account could not have come at a worse moment for the Ummah Welfare Trust, one of Britain’s largest Muslim charities.

Speaking truth about the BBC and power

The BBC has never championed 'speaking truth to power' and its capacity for critical journalism is weaker than ever.

Blocked! How the Firewall of Britain is censoring the Internet

Internet filters in Britain are blocking charities and feminist websites...

Response to "'Whose University?’ dislodges Cambridge University's mask of humanity"

The claims of the "Whose University" campaign are ill-informed and tendentious.

A second response to Meredith Tax - straw men make poor argument

Tax's misleading interpretation of my arguments do little to counter the central realities - that liberals and imperialist feminists have been prominent supporters of authoritarianism and state violence.

DevoMix Christmas special: LocalismWatch’s seasonal update on devolution

We now know what the Smith Commission’s proposing for Scotland, and William Hague’s options on English votes for English laws.  But how does devolution tie up with localism? A Santa-stic overview of news, comment and (dis)information.

Water in the UK - public versus private

Like the East Coast mainline, the differing setups within the UK offer a useful insight into claims by Britain's governing parties that privatised water is in any way superior to publicly owned. But it does offer some enormous profits.

Fairytale of New Addington

This Croydon neighbourhood has been maligned by the tabloids as home of work-shy, cultureless Chavs. The sociologist Les Back, who grew up there, reports on an annual celebration of community.

Justice blindfolded? The case of Jimmy Mubenga

Following the acquittal on 16 December of the G4S guards charged with the manslaughter of Jimmy Mubenga, barrister Frances Webber, chair of the Institute of Race Relations, focuses on the judge’s decision to rule inadmissible evidence pointing to endemic racism within G4S.

Fed up of wind turbines? On Cameron, climate change and the culture war

As Cameron panders to UKIP on climate change, environmentalists are being caught in a culture war.

Education prepares you for life, not just a career

Corporate culture needs skilled workers trained to do the job. It fears the questioning of values that education encourages.

Daddy, is it going to flood again?

Even for people who've lived through flooding, sometimes they can find it hard to talk about what's causing the climate to change...

The racist texts. What the Mubenga trial jury was not told

Jimmy Mubenga died under restraint by three G4S guards. Extreme racist texts found on two of the guards’ phones were withheld from the jury who yesterday cleared all three men of manslaughter. (Warning: this piece contains highly offensive language)

Help us save the NHS

For anyone who loves the NHS, it is time to act. We don’t have much time to reverse the destructive reforms already underwayWe urgently need your support.

"The biggest denationalisation of health services ever announced by a health minister"

More hospitals - potentially all of them - will be run outside the NHS as so-called "mutuals", the government announced this week. Nine have already set out down this path but who really benefits from "mutualisation"?

Message to the messengers part two: where next after the indy referendum?

'Scotland’s radicals need to take a long view in these heady times, and chart a different path and culture of political change, which contributes to making Scotland’s second ‘long revolution’.'

Imperialist feminism: a response to Meredith Tax

A new generation of thinkers and activists are actively seeking a larger framework than the one liberals such as Tax can provide.

Raising the Blue Labour saltire on a sinking ship

Labour's crisis in Scotland requires more than a charismatic leader and some dusty ideas from north London.

Dogs, water and coffins: an untold story of British torture in Iraq

The UK has engaged in abuse and torture during the ‘War on Terror’ whilst, simultaneously, maintaining that its actions are driven by the ideals of democracy and human rights.

Yusef Sarwar got 12 years in prison. What about William Hague?

Two men supported the Syrian rebels, one is in prison, the other is a government minister.

Speaking truth about the BBC and power

The BBC has never championed 'speaking truth to power' and its capacity for critical journalism is weaker than ever.

The possession of power: deprivatising energy

Energy privatisation has failed - all over the world, there are examples of how to take it back into democratic control.

Imagining a constitutional convention for the UK

There is more and more agreement that the UK needs to have a constitutional convention. Now, we just need to agree what that actually means...

Are we leaving a Londoner to die in Guantanamo?

Imprisoned for nearly thirteen years and twice cleared for release, Shaker Aamer is still waiting to return home.

"Whose University?" dislodges Cambridge University's mask of humanity

At universities across Britain, business interests are increasingly promoted over the welfare of students. 

It’s more than just the NHS that’s at risk in Scotland from TTIP

The EU/US Trade Deal poses a threat to Scottish Water's plans to deprivatise failing PFI facilities.

Why Carswell and Brand are both wrong about British politics

Neither individualism nor therapeutic withdrawal from the political arena are enough to empower people to make the fundamental changes needed in their lives.

Torture, the UK's role, "I'm satisfied that our system is dealing with all of these issues"

A new Senate report lays bare US involvement in torture. As for Britain's collusion, well, you'll just have to take David Cameron's word — they're handling things. What could possibly go wrong?

Four years on: how £9k fees have changed England's universities

Four years ago, in the face of the biggest student protests in decades, Westminster lifted the cap on tuition fees from £3k to £9k. What's happened to England's universities, and the movement which fought against the change?

Human rights essential for holding states to account

Time and time again, regardless of political persuasion, when people are asked if they support, say, the prohibition against torture or the right to life, the answer is a resounding yes.

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