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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Founder, Director and Editor of democraciaAbierta

Constitutional conventions: best practice

No red carpet for Thai junta leader, Mrs May

As Theresa May welcomes the Thai Prime Minister to Number 10 today, does she care about democracy and human rights? Or are business deals the only real priority?

What kind of capitalism is it possible for the left to build?

To win power, the left must build a narrative around ending privatisation, empowering the workforce and borrowing to invest. To stay in power, left governments must transition to an economy based on high automation, shorter working hours and free services. 

Scotland is better at democracy than Westminster – but that’s too low a bar

Three quarters of Scots feel they have little or no influence over local services. A coalition of campaigners is seeking to change that.

Monday’s trade votes are a cynical move to entrench undemocratic procedures

The vote on two EU trade deals with Canada and Japan is a cynical move to quash debate about the democratic processes for – and the content of – the UK’s future trade deals.

Democratic politics beyond liberal democracy

End the exalted position of politics as something separate from an increasingly connected and savvy populace. Let them – us – take control.

God votes in India, abstains in Britain, Part II

Unlike in India, British democracy, distorted by Mammon, is spared by God.

East Coast chaos: privatisation by proxy?

Nationalisation should not be a mere palliative for private sector collapse, but a tool to bring about a fundamental rebalancing of wealth and power.

It’s the vulnerable who pay when councils outsource – a personal story of special needs transport

Outsourcing services, combined with ‘austerity’, leads to inadequate oversight and corner cutting – and leaves service users vulnerable to injury, even death.

How the media forgot about the financial crisis and embraced austerity

A review of ‘Media Amnesia: Rewriting the Economic Crisis’ by Laura Basu.

Revealed: New evidence of ‘Hard Brexit svengali’ Shanker Singham’s ‘unparalleled access’ to senior government figures

Labour’s Liam Byrne says former Legatum trade advisor’s influence over Brexit policymakers ‘beggars belief’

Thirty-two nations under a groove

Will the World Cup which opens today be an orgy of petty-minded nationalism? Philosophy Football’s Mark Perryman doesn’t think so.

Grandparents occupying Whitehall department to protest fracking

Today’s protest takes place as the Minister responsible for fracking, Greg Clark, is poised to decide on whether to allow the first new UK fracking to commence since 2011.

The curious case of the guard dog, anti-fracking protesters and North Yorkshire police

Lurid media reports, some shared by local police, accused anti-fracking protesters of nearly killing a guard dog at Kirby Misperton – but new evidence just released appears to tell a very different story.

The ‘Preston Model’ and the modern politics of municipal socialism

There is no telling when the next UK general election will come, and when the Corbyn Project could accede to national political power in what R.H. Tawney once called ‘the oldest and toughest plutocr...

Arron Banks and the missing £11m for Brexit

His pro-Leave lobby groups raised nearly £12m – but claim they spent less than £1m during the ‘official’ Brexit campaign. So where did the rest go? Andy Wigmore says he has "no idea"

Hostile environment: border guards and border guardees

Border checks are no longer one-off encounters… but… a myriad of micro-encounters. They have penetrated the everyday, mundane interactions in people’s daily lives and imposed new meaning on them.

Brexit, Parliament and the British Constitution: why a People’s Vote is the only legitimate constitutional means of resolving Brexit

" If... the people legitimately... set parliament and government the task of working out a way of leaving the EU, then... the people should also be able mark their homework and pass a verdict on their efforts."

God votes in India, abstains in Britain. Part 1

Once Britain moved beyond religious nationalism, religion itself became a spent force, though not one prevented from speaking truth to power. Contrast India.

Looking at Lexit : Everyday Lexiteers - Interview 2 : Niall

" I found the politicians on both sides of the argument nothing short of disgusting and the framing of the debate as appalling."

In memory of Razan al Najjar: Steve Bell's cartoon

An Israeli army sniper shot the 21-year-old nurse while she was trying to care for injured protestors in Gaza. This is Steve Bell's tribute to her.

The migrant-led activism stamping out racial hostility in the UK

Meet the pro-migrant individuals, groups and organisations who are working tirelessly to counter this government’s anti-immigrant policies, pro-Brexit propaganda, and ‘hostile environment’.

Brexit, Corbyn and us: what disappointment can teach us about politics and ourselves

If politicians aren’t planning for disappointment then they’re not living in reality. 

Let battle commence! Matt Hancock approves both bidders for Sky

Sky shareholders look set for a bonanza summer – but what do the latest twists and turns in the Sky saga mean for news viewers?

How to win the Brexit Civil War. An open letter to my fellow Remainers

Brexit has already begun. Any attempt to deny this and merely ‘stop Brexit’ will fail. To succeed we must overthrow the Brexit project with another, positive one.

George Osborne’s Evening Standard delays controversial Uber, Google deal

In the wake of ‘cash for column inches’ scandal and calls for Osborne to resign, newspaper denies that £3 million 'paid-for news' deal has been ditched

The propagandistic nature of the liberal media: Interview with Florian Zollmann

A new study exposes in forensic detail how Western newspapers have in recent years applied journalistic double standards to reporting human rights abuses, from Yugoslavia and Iraq to Libya and Syria.

Re-energising Wales

Rhea Stevens and Shea Buckland-Jones from the Institute of Welsh Affairs discuss how Wales can move to 100% renewable energy by 2035.

Osborne’s Evening Standard ‘cash for column inches’ denials ‘do not stack up’ – says Caroline Lucas

Green Party leader calls on London paper to ‘come clean’ about its hidden commercial agendas – citing another lucrative sponsorship deal with GM giant Syngenta

Everyday Lexiteers - an interview

 "The European Union is inherently racist, unchanging, technocratic and oppressive. Nothing makes any of those things okay, not even a nice conversation, or falling in love with a French girl."

Abortion? That would be a devolved matter

After the Republic's historic vote, women in Northern Ireland are fed up of having their bodily autonomy used as a bargaining chip and seeing Theresa May absolve herself of responsibility.

As Ireland embraces the future, Scottish Nationalists merely embrace the (flawed) present

On the day Ireland cast its historic vote on abortion, the SNP launched an economic policy that maintains fiscal conservatism – vacating a space which could be inhabited by a more honest, bold and radical independence movement.

Want better protection for whistleblowers? Your experiences needed!

From the NHS to rigged elections, care homes to financial fraud - existing UK whistleblowing protection laws are not protecting concerned staff, nor the public. Call for evidence for forthcoming expert event.

Five causes of media amnesia

How did a banking meltdown morph into an onslaught against the public sector and immigrants?

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