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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Will the real rethinkers please stand up?

Don’t be deceived by recent media coverage: the battle for the future of economics has barely begun.

What can Michael Gove - and the rest of us - learn from a new poetry of the soil?

What happens when a poet (and lifelong vegetarian) spends a year on Britain’s stock farms during and after the Brexit vote - and what lessons do farmers have for both Leavers and Remainers?

Budging the male bias

It's time to end the sausagefest.

‘Happy 18th birthday! You’re out’

Tougher internal controls under Macron are only giving police more powers, allowing them to conduct identity checks in emergency shelters. Brutality towards migrants is likely to become even more common.

Darkest Hour - what does a rash of Winston Churchill portrayals tell us about Brexit Britain?

Are our finest hours all behind us? What of the untold Churchill stories? And who can speak for Britain, today?

From PFI to privatisation, our national accounting rules encourage daft decisions. It’s time to change them.

Countless daft decisions have been encouraged by national accounting rules which defy all economic logic. Taxpayers are now paying the price.

Fireworks nights

“There feels like a massive push towards ‘diversifying’ the arts. It makes me feel uncomfortable when at the centre of that push we find mainly white, middle class people.”

Out of time: the fragile temporality of Carillion’s accumulation model

Carillion is the epitome of the modern financialized firm. Its liquidation tells us much about risk in modern capitalism, and raises serious questions about state outsourcing.

How to stop the next Carillion - 7 steps to public ownership

Jeremy Corbyn is right - this is a ‘watershed moment’ for the ideology of privatisation that has plagued our public services for over 30 years.

Taking politics out of the NHS? Or constructing an elitist ‘consensus’?

As certain wings of the Labour party join calls for ‘consensus’ on the NHS, a reductive global healthcare consensus has already been established in the meeting rooms of Davos, McKinsey and the World Bank – with pivotal support from Blair-era peers and NHS appointees.

Carillion must now also face justice for blacklisting trade unionists

When you invite blacklisting human rights abusers to run the NHS and school meals, don’t be surprised when vampire capitalism attempts to suck the taxpayer dry.

Fighting in the left corner

“We are an organization with one staff member, and a limited amount of energy because nobody in the political and activist left wants to talk about Brexit! “

Shame on you, Sadiq Khan – London deserves better than more ‘stop and search’

The London Mayor's plan to increase stop and search won’t stop knife crime in London – but will further damage community policing already hit by cuts.

Imagination and will in the Anthropocene

How can we face up to the enormity of environmental collapse? How can we collectively build a politics for the Anthropocene? An interview with activist and former climate diplomat John Ashton CBE.

A second referendum on the deal with the EU: a multi-option poll

More than anything else, perhaps, the UK now needs something which is not just accurate but also inclusive.

Five demands for climate change justice

Two years on from the Paris Agreement, what should governments be doing to take climate change seriously?

Putting class back onto the UK's equality agenda

The directors of a new documentary about class stratification in Britain’s acting profession argue that class needs to be added back into the UK Equality Act.

Fracking giants grasp for dirty Brexit bonanza

The fracking industry is determined to limp ahead, despite record public opposition in the UK and fierce fightbacks from campaigners from North Yorkshire to Surrey and beyond.

Who’ll help the homeless this winter? The police? The NHS? The army?

A winter walk in the park brings a sorrowful and reflective encounter.

Birmingham and the emergence of inter-marriage

The last of four excerpts from the forthcoming ‘Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham’: on the emergence of live and let live.

H&M’s offensive advert is just one thread in the rotten fabric of a deeply racist industry

Will those angered by the H&M advert also support the fightback by the brave and resilient women of colour who produce H&M's clothes for poverty wages?

Former health secretary Andrew Lansley’s diaries finally released in (nearly) full

Insurers and private US healthcare giants are revealed to be amongst those on the inside track of creating huge NHS changes.

Johann Hari: Uncovering the real causes of depression, and the unexpected solutions

Interview with writer Johann Hari about his new book, Lost Connections

Birmingham: educating the kids

The third excerpt from the forthcoming ‘Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham’: on how to get a supplementary school up and running and why.

Not in it together: the distributional impact of austerity

New data reveals how the tax and benefit changes made since 2010 have disproportionately fallen on the poorest, ethnic minorities, women, children and the disabled. 

Birmingham and doing the work nobody else wants to do

The second of four excerpts from the forthcoming ‘Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham’: on the 3D jobs: dirty, dull or difficult.

Birmingham: a better city and a stronger economy

The first of four excerpts from the forthcoming ‘Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham’: on the move to white-collar jobs.

Why can’t the United Nations bring peace to Yemen?

By 2011 the international community had concluded that the Saleh regime needed to be replaced by one which would both implement the neo-liberal economic agenda and focus on counter terrorism.

Five economic issues to mobilise around in 2018

2018 is set to be a year of change. What are the key economic battlegrounds? 

 

Why economists need to be taught how to speak

If the public don’t trust or understand the economics that is being communicated, how can they critically engage with the policies that affect their everyday lives?

Why is the NHS in crisis?

Don't be fooled: the crisis in the NHS is the result of the Government's ideological crusade to squeeze public services. 

Why are profit-making factories closing across England?

There are more than 660,000 fewer people working in manufacturing in England than there were in 2005. But these plants are profitable – and their closure should be avoidable.

Six of Theresa May’s cabinet are paid up “members” of secret group demanding a total break from the European Union

The head of the secretive European Research Group won’t reveal which senior ministers are members of the hardline anti-EU group. Why not? Because the answer and the reach of the ERG leaves the Prime Minister looking like a Brexit hostage.

Capital: A new ownership agenda

New models of common ownership can distribute wealth and power and give people a stake and a say in our national wealth.

Was 2017 the year that the tide finally turned against fossil fuel projects?

The end of 2017 saw a rapid escalation of big divestment announcements, including from global insurer Axa. 2018 brings more opportunity – so long as campaigning prioritises the voices of those most impacted by climate change.

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