Defending the rule of law against the UK government’s ‘slash and burn’

Chris Grayling, the Lord Chancellor, sworn to uphold the rule of law, hurtles down the road towards injustice for victims and defendants.

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On the eve of Magna Carta’s 800th birthday, the British legal system is being ripped apart

A protest march against the Global Law Summit in London symbolises the relevance of the Magna Carta.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Defending the rule of law against the UK government’s ‘slash and burn’

Chris Grayling, the Lord Chancellor, sworn to uphold the rule of law, hurtles down the road towards injustice for victims and defendants.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

On the eve of Magna Carta’s 800th birthday, the British legal system is being ripped apart

A protest march against the Global Law Summit in London symbolises the relevance of the Magna Carta.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Video debate - Russia, China and the New World Order

China may be on the way to replacing the US as the world's dominant economic power, but with Russia also growing its reach, could the future be more dangerous still?

It’s time for rent controls

There's a momentary chance to push the Scottish government into introducing rent controls. It's important not to miss it.

Teaching neoliberalism: time to replace Ofsted

Calls to reform Ofsted don't go far enough - it's become a tool for the neoliberal take-over of our education, and needs to be replaced.

Home, family, community, Roger Scruton’s new book – and why Labour is conservative

Socialism has deep conservative elements and the preservation of a just society and mutual dependence must be key to Labour's approach.

Iceland shows that a UK constitutional convention should involve politicians as little as possible

The people of Iceland drafted a new constitution. But their parliament has essentially ignored it.

A viable alternative to 'regeneration'

The "Regrowth" model could potentially solve many of the problems facing councils, allowing for sustainable, inclusive and economically viable. So which councils are onboard?

#‎DontLetThemDrown‬ (It’s all right for some, at sea)

The UK government reckons that letting people drown will prevent unnecessary deaths.

Greater Manchester: a response

Yes, the aim of devo-Manc is to deliver a London-style super-city, and no, that's not a good thing.

Alternatives to fixed-term elections?

Might random elections retain stronger accountability while avoiding the PM's power of discretion?

Imperialist feminism and liberalism

Colonial feminism is based on the appropriation of women’s rights in the service of empire and has been widely utilised in justifying aggression in the Middle East. But is it liberal?

We shall defend our island - if the cost-benefit analysis stacks up

Britain's flood defenses aren't getting nearly the funding they need to respond to climate change: particularly if you live in a poorer area.

The tale of a pram: are people on benefits poor?

A young couple on benefits, smiling, with an expensive looking pram. Something's wrong here.

Alternative liberal solutions to economic inequality

The rich tradition of alternative liberalism has much to offer by way of solutions to inexorably widening inequality—as social movements are beginning to realise.

Privatizing security: talking with Lou Pingeot

National security entrusted to the market's private military and security companies can only address the symptoms, not the causes, of war and insecurity. Interview.

Latest IPCC report fortunately shows we can still prevent climate change

The science is clear, where is the political will?

Greater Manchester Mayor: a solution made in Manchester

The announced Mayor for Greater Manchester doesn't overturn the will of the people of Manchester. It is a new solution, designed in Greater Manchester, for Greater Manchester.

It’s time to radically reduce inequality

The 66 richest people in the world have the same wealth as the 3.5bn poorest.

‘Divest!’: a minute to hold banks to account on fossil fuels

If banks won't pull investment from fossil fuels, perhaps it's time to try another route.

Northern devolution and the importance of pan-Northern policies

Devolution to the North should be built on co-operation across the region.

A new agenda for welfare

Britain needs a social security system based on solidarity, risk sharing and collective action.

A Mayor for Greater Bristol?

Should Greater Britsol have a Mayor?

Greater Manchester: Gideon knows best

The people of Manchester voted against a mayor only two years ago. Now, George Osborne has over-ruled them.

Greater Manchester – a fudge in the right direction

Devolution of power to Greater Manchester is a fudge, but it's a step down the right road.

Greater Manchester: the beginning of Devo-more for England

The announcement of the unique devolution deal for the city represents the opening of a major new front in the English devolution debate, and a model that other areas will certainly want to follow.

Human rights — at the government’s discretion

There is more to the Tories’ proposals on human rights and free movement than mere electioneering, argues Frances Webber of the Institute of Race Relations.

Protest and consent - Parliament Square and the internet

Why are Britons so outraged about limits to their online freedoms but completely oblivious to the extraordinary restrictions on basic democratic rights that they are now subject to?

There’s no such thing as a liberal anti-racist

The liberal demand to depoliticise culture, to abandon “dangerous ideas”, is highly political and leads liberals to consider all manner of coercive initiatives to engineer the liberal subjects they feel are missing among oppressed groups.

From Occupy Democracy to One Nation Labour: real democracy now?

The left's demands may be becoming somewhat repetitive and yet look no closer to being realised. Surely the real question is, under what social and constitutional conditions could those demands be met?

Video: power in Britain - Adam Ramsay speaks at Occupy Democracy

OurKingdom's co-editor Adam Ramsay talks to Occupy Democracy last week about power in Britain and how to challenge it.

The joined-up policies of the Green Party

Is it any wonder that much of the mainstream media and political elite are attempting to exclude the Green Party from the UK's television election debates?

'It's ok to live in poverty, it's ok to be hungry'

This quiet, shocking film reveals the penury and despair the UK government is forcing upon asylum seekers. (Video, 8 mins)

New inquiry - are "community rights" actually working?

The right to very little at all: House of Commons select committee launches an inquiry into the new ‘community rights’.

Scottish Labour: the never-ending soap opera that matters

The crisis in Scottish Labour has been long in the making, and needs to address its root.

Four tips for would be British immigrants (and one for those who hate them)

There are some important things that people thinking about moving to Britain need to know before they come here...

In (half hearted) defence of Russell Brand

Russell Brand encourages us to glimpse into worlds in which people are already building their own politics, rather than voting for someone else to do it for them.

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