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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor at openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Is Labour’s economic policy really neoliberal?

Acknowledging the risk of capital flight and currency devaluation is not neoliberal – it is the only responsible path. 

 

Can the Corbynite left make peace with Zionism?

How does the current Labour antisemitism debate relate to potential states in the Middle East?

The Backlash podcast episode 4: the men's rights movement

50.50 attended an international gathering of men's rights activists in London and spoke to some of the men, and women, involved in this movement.

It's time for Labour to understand the Conservative Dilemma

Boris Johnson's racist comments demonstrate the new strategy of the Conservative party. Labour need to understand what it is if they are to win

Stop accusing the Jewish community of conspiring against the left

Antisemitism isn't just about individual intent. It's about culture and stories and practice, and the UK Labour party has a serious problem

Meet the Londoner on hunger strike for his dad in Bahraini prison

Ali Mushaima in on hunger strike outside the Bahraini embassy in Kensington, demanding basic rights for his political-prisoner father.

Back off, Boris, Muslim women don't need to be saved

Boris Johnson should learn to dress himself before he lectures Muslim women on what to wear.

It's time for the participatory society

Our political model isn't made for an era of universal education. It's time to unleash our collective genius: and a new centre in Edinburgh is looking to do just that.

Neoliberalism drives climate breakdown, not human nature

Attempts by the New York Times to blame humanity as a whole for climate change let the real culprits off the hook.

International Aid groups must reform in the face of sexual abuse scandals

Sexual exploitation of aid recipients is far too common. Here's what the sector must do to clean itself up

Opinion: The Electoral Commission’s DUP decision shows again how the rules that should protect our democracy are failing

The UK’s elections watchdog has decided it “does not have grounds to open an investigation” into the DUP’s mysterious £435,000 Brexit donation—once more raising questions about how British democracy is regulated.

The anti-semitism crisis shows the Labour leadership needs to get better at listening

Team-Corbyn need to get better at listening – starting with the organised Jewish community.

'Fake news’ and Facebook: symptoms not causes of democratic decline

Westminster's Fake News Inquiry has some good recommendations, but provides too many scapegoats for our failing politics.

On the wrong side of history: the dangers facing Brexitland

"Britain is sadly leading the way in a regressive, narrow-minded and divisive politics... I am leaving behind a Brexit Britain that is rudderless, leaderless and completely hollow within."

Revealed: how the UK’s powerful right-wing think tanks and Conservative MPs work together

The Institute of Economic Affairs, accused of offering US donors access to government ministers, is among right-wing think tanks meeting monthly. Conservative MPs have attended, too.

Are we headed for dustbowl Britain – and what could that mean for our wildlife and our food?

New figures show Britain has lost a third of its most threatened wildlife in recent years – harming both our natural heritage and our ability to produce food. This is the most pressing political issue of our time.

Why Brexit threatens activism

Theresa May’s Brexit not only reduces democratic and judicial oversight of future decisions – it could restrict UK activists’ ability to protest bad decisions, free from interference and intrusive surveillance.

We should bridge the earnings gulf between legal aid and commercial lawyers

Much of the income of City law firms comes directly from the public purse at many times legal aid rates. How can this be justified?

The DUP’s Facebook ads for Brexit targeted voters outside Northern Ireland

Information released by Facebook shows the DUP said Brexit would be “better for our borders”.

The BBC and Cliff Richard: what threat to press liberty?

Asking the Court of Appeal directly for leave to appeal could result in another opportunity to expose the dubious behaviour of the BBC news division, and at a higher judicial level.

NHS pay deal row intensifies as nurses call for union leader to quit

Calls for resignations and for NHS pay vote to be rerun as Royal College of Nursing chief admits they gave incorrect pay deal information.

Forget 'big tent' politics - we need space for a progressive camp site of parties and movements

To win back a fractious public currently feeling betrayed by broken promises of 'control', politicians must admit that power has to be shared - including through a better electoral system.

Our privatised water system has failed – it’s time to look for alternatives

One of the most remarkable aspects of Joseph Bazalgette’s London sewage system was its pump house. The elaborate ironwork at Crossness pumping station transformed a home for raw sewage into a monume...

Enough of these disgraceful slurs against Jeremy Corbyn

Even the author of the IHRA definition of anti-semitism has spoken against it.

A national government would only deliver for the rich

“The national interest” always ends up meaning the interests of the banks, financial services and industrialists


Jeff Bezos's fortune has come at the expense of workers and society not receiving their fair share

The richest man in the world did not get there alone; his wealth is created by Amazon’s millions of workers, suppliers and consumers.

Negotiating Brexit from the ground up

Having a national conversation is no small task.  However the principles are simple and their implementation is absolutely possible. 

NHS staff discover they will get hundreds of pounds less than many thought

Nearly a million NHS staff are due to receive a long-awaited pay rise at the end of this month. But new figures released quietly last week have caused fury—and confusion even amongst some unions.

The laws protecting Britain's democracy from big money are broken

You can be fined more for touting football tickets than you can for subverting Britain's democratic process.

The Code of Conduct for Antisemitism: a tale of two texts

Ironically, it is the drafters of the Labour party’s NEC Code, not their critics, who have grasped the meaning of ‘working definition’.

The Global Integration and Individual Potential Index: a viable alternative to GDP?

Scores of countries are being left behind by GDP – it's time to replace it with a new indicator of progress. 

Calls to ‘make Britain great again’ draw on pseudo-intellectual defences of Empire

Are white academics and politicians finding the space in Brexit Britain to rehabilitate colonialism, even as they claim victim status themselves?

England may have lost but it gave us a sense of unity our political leaders have failed to do

England's sporting heroes tell us something important about patriotism.

Why turning to Jewish exceptionalism to fight antisemitism is a failing project

The furore over the new Labour NEC Code of Conduct on Antisemitism.

Do we need a (legal) definition of anti-Semitism?

Drawing on the IHRA definition without the problematic examples, the new code of conduct adopted by the Labour party is a step in the right direction.

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