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A response to Jeremy Hunt: economic possibilities for our grandchildren

UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that he wants people in Britain to work as hard as those in China. Here, we re-publish John Maynard Keynes' 1930 essay on the desirability or otherwise of hard work. - free thinking for the world

A response to Jeremy Hunt: economic possibilities for our grandchildren

UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that he wants people in Britain to work as hard as those in China. Here, we re-publish John Maynard Keynes' 1930 essay on the desirability or otherwise of hard work. - free thinking for the world

British Values – teaching the myth

We can tell young people that they enjoy “British” values until we’re blue in the face. However, this won’t change what those from disadvantaged backgrounds actually experience in the real world.

Dispatches: how local governments are being fleeced by the banks on £15bn loans

Dispatches will tonight report on the latest banking scandal - the kickbacks and dodgy loans surrounding local government financing. So what's going on?

Blockchain versus vulture capitalism

The Bitcoin revolution offers a glimpse at a better humanity.

My experience of 'signing on' at the Job Centre

There are clear parallels to be drawn between the stigmatising way in which welfare is administered in our job centres and the ‘poor relief’ of Victorian England.  

Research-based messaging changes public support for human rights

Amidst widespread negative views on human rights in the UK, public opinion research can help improve outreach strategies. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human RightsEspañolFrançais

What David Cameron could learn from Marx about radicalisation (but probably won't)

In the hands of politicians religion becomes impregnated with 'polemical bitterness' - to talk about religion without considering its 'political tendencies' is to chose a path of willful blindness. 

The Lab-Lib pact that never was, but should have been

What would have happened if Clegg had stood down and allowed Cable to lead?

The future of Scots

There is a responsibility on those working in Scots to use the language imaginatively, and to break it into new political possibilities.

To save our health service MPs must stand together and back the NHS Reinstatement Bill

The Bill, which was last week backed by the British Medical Association, seeks to reinstate the NHS based on its founding principles and rid our health service of the inefficiencies and fragmentation of the market. 

Changing the way politics works: an interview with Katrin Oddsdottir

Phil England talks to Katrin Oddsdottir, a member of Iceland's 2011 Constitutional Council, about the process of drafting a new constitution, the aims of the new constitution, and the chances of it finally coming into effect.

Priorities of the people: an interview with Iceland's Citizens Foundation

Phil England interviews Gunnar Grimsson and Robert Bjarnson of the Citizens Foundation, pioneers of an open-source software platform, Your Priorities, which allows citizens to develop ideas to improve their areas and take more control of public spending.

Intergenerational and gender-based inequality: before and after the crisis

The new Conservative government is persisting with billions of pounds of cuts despite rising evidence of poverty and inequality, particularly for young people, children and women.

Barbara, tagged and monitored like a criminal

Barbara is an asylum seeker living in the UK. How the government’s immigration crackdown creates opportunities for humiliation and profit.

Iceland's unfinished revolution? An interview with Hordur Torfason

The award-winning human rights activist credited with starting Iceland's 'pots and pans revolution', discusses with Phil England the prospects for 'unfreezing' the draft new constitution.

Devolution, for and against: a tale of many cities

The debate on devolution has become increasingly remote from democratic participation. It needs to be opened up.

Polly Toynbee, Jeremy Corbyn and the limits of acceptable politics

If anyone is "out of touch" with British public opinion it is not Jeremy Corbyn, but the liberal intelligentsia. 

Rebuilding democracy in Iceland: an interview with Birgitta Jonsdottir

In the first of a series of interviews by Phil England examining the situation in Iceland and the possible relevance of developments there to the UK, Phil talks to Pirate Party MP Birgitta Jonsdottir.

Doctors have always been over-worked, but that's not what's causing the recruitment crisis

The greatest reward of being a doctor - relating to patients as fellow complicated human beings - has been lost amidst the growth of tick-box, corporatised management that treats all doctors as if they were 'duffers'.

Could a free-for-all web culture be the death of the BBC?

High quality content costs money. As households are squeezed by austerity the corporation must demonstrate the links between its funding mechanism and the democratic service it provides. 

Can open data tackle corruption?

With the government publishing data too late, in a format you can’t easily analyse, and with so few details as to be almost meaningless, the sad answer is: not quite yet.

Move along now: the law barring thousands of people from public spaces

Police now have free rein to create “dispersal zones” in public areas, allowing them to ban people for anything from street drinking to acting in a suspicious manner.

The sell offs George Osborne doesn't want you to know about

The Royal Mint, Met Office and Ordnance Survey may soon be up for grabs by private companies. Once they're gone, we'll never get them back. 

How to fix UK political party finance

The reform of political party finance is essential to address public mistrust. It could also benefit parties themselves and help refresh democracy. 

Britain’s recovery industry: profiting from austerity?

While government spending cuts continue to grab headlines, private companies are quietly making money from the psychological hardships generated by austerity.

Human rights, why should I care? Thalidomide and other stories

Three real life cases from RightsInfo illuminate why human rights matter.

Does the UK really need 'wealth creators' and 'hardworking people'?

The two phrases, so beloved of politicians, stem from a fundamental shift in the role of the worker in post-industrial Britain.

Narrowing the gap between policy and delivery

Unless our government improves its capacity to deliver on its promises, we will not address the sense of disconnection between the people and those in office.

Labour's choice: neoliberalism or more neoliberalism

The leadership candidates are promising support for business leaders and “wealth creators”, suggesting a return to the neoliberal agenda of the Blair years.

The sex abusers guarding Britain’s most vulnerable children

“They look at you like you’re a dog, making you strip is bang out of order.” The final shocking extract from Children Behind Bars.

The public has a right to memory

From broadcasting to libraries and museums, digitization is revolutionising the way we enjoy and share heritage. 

Tower Hamlets: a victory for democracy or a neocolonial coup?

The ousting of Lutfur Rahman suggests that we expect different levels of behaviour from Bangadeshi politicians and those of the general white British political culture.

TTIP: a week of victories

Pressure from those concerned that the EU-US trade deal would hand over too much power to foreign corporations has been working on both sides of the Atlantic.

Mothers and sons. On children who have died in UK prisons

Joseph Scholes and Adam Rickwood died within weeks of being placed in penal institutions. Carolyne Willow met the boys’ mothers, and tells their stories in her shocking book, Children Behind Bars.

Stop and search: young Londoners hold police to account

Nobody likes to be stopped, harassed and humiliated by the police. Young people are devising strategies to protect themselves.

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