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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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Digital dreams and open skies: universal service and the BBC

As mobile providers take over spectrum from broadcasters, the age of ‘free-to-air’ transmission is coming to an end.

“PFI on steroids”? More like an NHS debate on tranquilisers

With under a week to go til the Labour leadership election closes, how much do you know about the candidates' positions on the NHS?

What would a Corbyn win mean for the Greens?

Some see his election as a danger for the Greens - competition. On the contrary, his election may prove a major boost for the party.

The Scottish government's land reform proposals aren't enough

New proposals on land reform in Scotland are good, but fail to tackle some of the core problems.

One year on from the indyref: making the Scotland of the future

Six observations about Scottish society, a year on from the referendum.

Local councils are starting to tear strips off TTIP

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

Devolution? Or just doing Osborne's bidding?

The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill is going through parliament. Who’s likely to benefit, who isn’t, and what’s been happening around the country?

Lord Hall’s modest proposal for the BBC

While Charter Review has been marked by a clamour over cuts to programmes and services, less attention has been paid to a BBC proposal which could have equally far-reaching implications.  

How 'unelectable' is Jeremy Corbyn?

There are arguments to be had over whether Corbyn’s policies would work – but the available evidence suggests his agenda is more palatable to the electorate than many would like to admit. 

Six problems with Sarah Ditum’s article about Iraq and the left

Sarah Ditum misrepresents the left and the case against the Iraq war.

Scottish rent controls: we’ve walked 500 miles, but we need to walk 500 more

Nicola Sturgeon's announcement that the Scottish government will introduce rent controls is welcome, but the detail will make all the difference.

The BBC charter renewal, seen through a Nordic lens

The ex-Director General of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation compares the British and Nordic debates about the future of public service media. 

No right to despair

As we enter into five years of Conservative rule, those of us who are relatively privileged need to be reminded of a vital principle: we have no right to despair. We won't pay the highest price.

UK ‘Fairtrade’ Universities miss the point: Of both fair trade alternatives and the real function of universities

Fairtrade Universities focus too much on consumption and not enough on what universities are for: ideas.

Labour values, the NHS and me

One victim of the 'labour purge' explains why he wanted to vote in Labour's leadership election - and why he'd supported the National Health Action Party, despite being a lifelong Labour voter.

Yes, climate activists need to win over the right. But we need to win over the centre left again too.

The centre left once showed concern about climate change. Not any more.

What would a Labour-Green electoral pact actually look like?

The rise of Jeremy Corbyn has led to speculation about a Green/Labour electoral pact. But what could each party actually offer the other?

Bristol says no to Branson takeover of local NHS

Today in Bristol hundreds of people protested outside (and inside!) the offices of the local Clinical Commissioning Group, who are set to decide whether to hand children's NHS services over to Virgin. Exclusive footage of today's lively protest.

If you don’t share this immediately the entire world will explode

Is there too much hyperbole in digital activism? Should campaigners really follow the rules of modern marketing in online movements?

Gordon Brown has some nerve criticising Jeremy Corbyn on foreign policy

Gordon Brown should think carefully about his own relationship with violent extremists before he talks about Corbyn.

The BBC, the press and online news

Scaling back the BBC will damage the UK’s sole source of impartial, quality and trusted news, whose independence is valued by users in the UK and around the world.

What the Labour leadership candidates say on macroeconomic policy

What do the Labour leadership candidates propose to do about the economy?

GCHQ and me

Investigative journalist Duncan Campbell recounts his experiences unmasking British eavesdroppers. 

Dusting off the Sangatte playbook: a humane, practical course of action in Calais

Increased security at Calais might prevent migrants risking life and limb to get to the UK, but it will not deal with the migrants currently living rough in the Pas de Calais, nor the wider problem of refugee and migrant flows into the EU.

The BBC and its poetry

Defending itself from cuts is not enough. The BBC must forge a new identity based on collaboration, pluralism and the creativity of a global audience. 

Let us face the future: Labour, Jeremy Corbyn and the power of the past

Labour needs to embrace tomorrow, not pine for yesterday.

Reconciling VJ Day

Reflections from a Victory in Japan day commemoration in the West Midlands.

Why Labour probably won't split if Corbyn wins

Despite the rumours, the Labour party is unlikely to split in the event of a Corbyn victory.

The great Labour purge is underway

The UK Labour party is cancelling the memberships of significant numbers of people who joined in order to vote in its leadership election - and even some who joined before.

Devolution for Yorkshire?

Can we turn 'devolution' from above into 'self-determination' from below? What would this look like in Yorkshire?

What Labour needs to learn from the divestment and anti-fracking movements

Movements to divest from fossil fuels and oppose fracking have cut a path which Labour should follow.

Labour and the comfort zone

If Corbyn wins, he will have to be willing to accept some radical changes to the way that politics works.

Satisfactory? The UK immigration lock-up that Samaritans dare not visit

  • • Another man dies at The Verne, an isolated detention centre in Dorset
  • • The Samaritans said Verne was too dangerous to visit
  • • Chief inspector of prisons concludes Verne is “satisfactory”

Jeremy Corbyn’s first 100 days

What alarms the opponents of the Labour Party's probable next leader? That he is not thirty years behind the times - but ten years ahead.

Britain’s creative kickstarter: the BBC

Want to know the value of the BBC to Britain’s £76.4 billion creative economy? Have a look at the unique impact of its Manchester investment.

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