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Local councils are starting to tear strips off TTIP

Local councils have joined the fight against the EU/US trade deal.

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Local councils are starting to tear strips off TTIP

Local councils have joined the fight against the EU/US trade deal.

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On the movement to shut down Yarl’s Wood

“Headbutt the bitch, I’d beat her up,” said one Serco guard, caught on camera at the notorious UK immigration removal centre. Cartoonist Lucie Kinchin on activist efforts to set the women free:

The Tories and the police - who is playing who?

Sometimes it would be extremely helpful to the police for protesters to break windows at key sites...

Children suffer racist abuse and ‘degrading treatment’ by guards high on drugs at G4S Rainsbrook prison

G4S appoints “new leadership” at Rainsbrook: the man in charge when Gareth Myatt, 15, was restrained to death, the man who told an inquest he hadn’t read the restraint manual.

The government must act to improve the human rights of dementia patients and carers

Few now question the right of parents to stay with children in hospital - so why don't patients with dementia have similar rights? A blog for Dementia Awareness week.

The EU referendum - what is the question though?

Cameron will almost certainly opt for the least democratic question - a simple yes no, just as he did on the electoral reform vote. There is a much better way to calculate the public will and people should demand it.

10 questions for the Labour Party

Labour's problems cannot be fixed by minor tweaks. They need to address the big questions.

Voters per MP: why First Past The Post failed

You can elect a Tory MP with 34,244 votes. To elect a UKIP MP requires 3,881,129 votes. Why are the press silent on this outrageous democratic fraud?

Is alternative finance increasing entrepreneurial opportunity?

Peer to peer lending is finally starting to gain traction but not enough people are aware of its possibilities.

In turbulent times

History shows us that tumultuous times bring change. Now is not the moment for the left to despair.

Reflections on the election: lessons to be learned...

What happened on the 7th of May? And what next?

What now for Localism?

So the Tories have been returned with an overall majority to govern us for another five years. What does this mean for local democracy?

The future of human rights in the UK

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 fought for.

Mercury rising: three crunch points on climate change this summer

There are major battles ahead for the climate movement. They can be fought – and won.

Freedoms at risk? What the ‘Spider Memos’ tell us about the right to open government in the UK

The attempt to stop us seeing Prince Charles' letters pose a much bigger question: how transparent is the British government?

Cameron’s victory in a (dis-) United Kingdom

The Conservatives' surprise but qualified win exposes the deep problems facing the country over the coming years. 

New counter-extremism laws must not cut out spaces for dialogue

How do we address extremism in a way that does not impinge on civil liberties and exacerbate tensions in our communities?

The political art of duelling

When Janek Żyliński challenged Nigel Farage to a duel last month, the Polish nobleman was drawing on a centuries-old tradition.

Divided we are conquered

An open letter to Theresa May.

The case for independent investigation of deaths in mental health institutions

When someone dies in a mental health unit in England or Wales, there is currently no obligation to carry out an independent inquiry.

Newspapers, not the BBC, led the way in biased election coverage

Does Britain's partisan press have too much influence on broadcast news? 

General Practice after the General Election

The government says GPs are in the most "exciting" area of the NHS. In fact General Practice is in a parlous state.

Wealth and want in England's fair land

An English city celebrated for its prosperity is riven with extreme inequality, poverty and inadequate housing.

'Devo Manc': 'Northern Powerhouse' or 'Northern Poorhouse'?

Centralisation has certainly failed, but the promise of devolution to Greater Manchester is being massively hyped.

Press regulation: the election issue ignored by the media

Coverage focused overwhelmingly on the economy rather than media control, but the new government will struggle to kick the issue into the long grass.

Is this the end for the Liberal Democrats?

The election results show that the space for anti-establishment parties is on the right and the left, not in the centre.

Those who half make reformism dig only their own graves

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.

Magna Carta and British socialism’s struggle for freedom in late Victorian and Edwardian Britain

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.

Despite the election result, most people in the UK want an end to austerity

Thursday's vote didn't represent the ringing endorsement of austerity that the Tories will now pretend that it did.

Our electoral system is failing us

A 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 legitimacy.

TTIP: Which side is ‘WHICH?’ on?

Is TTIP really going to help consumers?

Was it ‘the Sun wot won it’? Lessons from the 1992 and 2015 elections

Labour abandoned its pledge to tackle media concentration after its 1992 defeat. It should resist the urge to do so now.

Bradford West, democracy in technicolour

A passionate contest in Bradford West was a highlight of Britain's general election. Here is the remarkable story from a changing city.

John Whittingdale is not 'anti-BBC'

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. 

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