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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

Pay for healthcare? We already do. The 3 question MPs must answer.

A government minister has proposed setting up an inquiry to consider whether we need to move away from a tax-payer funded NHS to one that relies on insurance or co-payments. One reader's open letter to her MP.

Scrapping maintenance grants is more vicious than it looks

It will now be much harder for poor students to attend university and for those that do - they should be aware that the terms of the loan, including the interest rates, can be changed.

No place for the young: the towns where childhood is being criminalised

Across England, local councils are banning young people from public space.

The UK budget: King Canute and the triumph of moralism over morality

George Osborne's emergency budget reveals a government more concerned with moralising than any actual morals.

Reimagining, not diluting the BBC in the next decade

Last week the government published a report that challenged the fundamental values of the BBC. The corporation must now defend its autonomy and articulate a renewed public purpose for the 21st Century. 

Why is Jeremy Hunt trying to discredit doctors?

We do need improvements to 7 day care in the NHS - but Hunt's approach will worsen it. 

The BBC’s deal with the Tories: and the Tories’ deal with the BBC

The BBC’s addiction to the licence fee makes it an easy target for politicians seeking to off-load expenditure. But what does the latest deal mean, for the BBC and public service broadcasting?  

From Yemen to Gaza and beyond: UK arms export controls are broken

Britain claims its arms exports controls are stringent - the reality is the opposite.

This means (class) war

The government's assault on trades unions will take workers' rights to collective action back to the 19th Century - unless we stop them.

The summer of the living undead: a Labour party for what?

The Labour leadership election reveals a party stuck in the past.

A power sharing deal between Westminster and the home nations is needed.

The German model shows that another union is possible.

Who really wins more ISDS cases - governments or corporations?

What campaigners need to know about a recent change in UN Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) statistics.

Government proposes inquiry into moving to a 'pay NHS'

Last week the government quietly announced a review into the biggest political hot potato of all - and almost no-one noticed.

The Whittingdale Eight: war or wisdom for the BBC?

The government has set up an advisory panel for its review of the BBC Charter. So who will be leading this process? And how should the corporation approach the coming debate?     

The National Audit Office savages the government's inept "100,000 homes" drive

The NAO’s report on the government’s sales of public land for new homes makes for uncomfortable reading. But it’s not just land that’s surplus to requirements: it’s the use of evidence itself.

Blazing a trail of deception: the White Rose Project and “negative emissions” technologies

Energy companies are exploiting "clean coal" myths to justify dirty developments and profit from lucrative subsidies.

Panorama and the NHS - the perfect missed opportunity

Last night's Panorama looked at the "Perfect Storm" now encircling the NHS - but failed to accurately diagnose either the problem or the solution. 

This year's student occupations: getting out of the box

Many student movements seem to fizzle out, but they build shared experiences and extended networks that lay the foundations for coherent, sustained resistance. 

Digital rights and pornography – a child protection catch-22 or lazy policy solutions?

Internet filters all too easily threaten children's legitimate right to information in the well-intentioned effort to protect them from online pornography. A better policy response is more focus on relationship and sexual education.

A guided tour through our series on 'liberalism in neoliberal times'

We started the series with the proposition that liberalism is far too important to be left to the ‘liberals'. 38 articles later, what did we find?

No ethos: the rhetoric of 2015

In trying so hard to present themselves as good, connected and in-touch, politicians end up talking about themselves and each other in a way that demonstrates just how disconnected they really are.

Time to sideline government and just build the new society

We have more power than we think - but we're held back by our obsession with the State.

“Whose side are you on?” Public broadcasters and counter-terrorism

When it comes to state surveillance and “terrorism”, there is a long history of political pressure, control and manipulation over the arm of the media entrusted with the explicit mission of serving the public. 

Osborne's "budget lock" is a scam to encourage more borrowing from the City

By continually restricting the available finance from central government Osborne is encouraging a boom in personal debt and excessive council borrowing from the City of London.

How should we remember Waterloo?

Are anniversaries of historic events an occasion for serious assessment or simply a nostalgic indulgence that reinforce current prejudice? 

A data revolution for whom?

Vast data collection must be reshaped to suit progressive ends.

Osborne hides his fiscal secrets under the hospital bed

The NHS promises yet more mythical savings to unlock a few crumbs from the Chancellor's red box. Meanwhile its deficit soars to Greek levels – and the shadow of more NHS charges stalks the policy corridors…

Saatchi's new BOGOF offer to Britain

What could be better than a dangerous Saatchi bill that nobody wants?

Two bills.

Post-politics and the future of the left

Those on the left need to open up debate on their future path. Here's a start.

The neo-colonial plot to halt Bengalis in Tower Hamlets

The Bangladeshi community doesn't need the support of white liberal advocates - particularly when they are standing shoulder to shoulder with Islamists.

“We cannot allow chaff to impact strategic direction”: an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Scadding

The Head of Corporate Affairs at the BBC talks about pressures and ambitions at the organisation ahead of next year’s Charter Renewal. 

Politics and the press: an increasingly unholy alliance

During Cameron's time in office, the media has shown a tendency to report spurious government stories without proper scrutiny, diluting the arguments behind having a free press.

Pornography and digital rights

Public debate needs to take proper account of the risks of internet filters, imposed by the state or private companies, in trying to restrict access to online pornography.

‘Love where you live’, and other lies of gentrification

Let’s admit that gentrification is an immoral urban process. It is a deliberate policy of social engineering and needs to be tackled at its source.

The emergency budget - is it time to chain up 11 Downing Street to stop it poisoning us with 'austerity'?

'Austerity' is as discredited an approach to twenty-first century ills, as the 'miasma' theory was to nineteenth century ones. But where are our modern John Snows?

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