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Adam Ramsay, Editor

Adam Ramsay is Co-Editor at openDemocracyUK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Use the anger of leaderless youth to transform society: the case of Belfast Pride.

What can we learn from young LGBT organisers in Northern Ireland?

“Blood on our hands” - the sorry state of UK mental health services

Nobody doubts there is a problem – so why isn’t more being done to protect survivors of abuse?

Brexit: a view from the other end of the telescope

Brexit is the incomprehension of a former imperial power, wistfully hoping to recreate a long-gone global sphere of influence. 

"I closed my eyes and waited for the bullet"

5 years ago today, 34 mine workers were shot dead in South Africa during a bitter dispute with British firm Lonmin. Today their community is taking their demands for accountability to the firm’s HQ.

Review: Frankie Vah takes

Luke Wright's explosive play takes us into the dilemmas of the eighties left and helps tell the story of where we are today.

What was missed

The case of two Brighton brothers killed in Syria raises fundamental questions for local authorities, says Fiyaz Mughal, who sat on a Serious Case Review into their deaths.

Venezuela's struggle is also ours

Where, exactly, is the pressure on British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to condemn the Venezuelan government coming from?

On brass bands and Brexit; culture and cuts: the case of Shirebrook

  Shirebrook is the kind the of place where everyone greets you in the street and the brass band plays in the park on a Saturday, teenagers preen in the town square for want of other places to f...

Democratic Socialism: Why the Left should demand a new Constitution

A radical agenda for change requires as much attention to be paid to renewing democracy on the constitutional front as to reinventing socialism on the economic front.

Economy-wrecking, climate-denying, Brexit-supporting – and on a radio near you

We need a better debate on our place in the global economy and ecology – not inaccurate nostrums put forward by a secretive network of the mega-rich and their ideologues.

Ten years after the crash, is civil society ready to take on big finance?

Ten years ago civil society stood by as the financial sector plunged the economy into the greatest crisis since the Great Depression. Now, ten years on, what remains to be done to strengthen civil society's voice on finance, and avoid another crisis?

The meaning of Dunkirk

David Elstein, director of three episodes of the seminal "The World At War" series, finds Dunkirk to be a powerful film but one shorn of historical context. Here he fills in the vital gaps - and finds some curious anomalies.

The EU single market is incompatible with Labour’s manifesto

EU single market membership frustrates any ability to create coherent, integrated, nationalised industries and utilities based on democratically agreed national needs.

The new left can be post-truth too

Badly thought through pro-Soviet posturing among the new left risks undermining the possibility of a Labour Party election victory.

The High Road and the Low Road of Scottish debate and politics

Three years ago Scotland woke to the sense they could make those in power tremble. But as the geo-political stakes have risen ever higher, has the tone of the more recent debate slid into the swamp?

The rule of law fights back

The recent Supreme Court decision on employment tribunal fees is a victory for our constitution. This is the rule of law, in action.

Vince Cable, human rights, militias and dodgy deals in the Niger Delta

What does Britain’s role in the export of gunships to a Nigerian warlord tell us about the new Lib Dem leader – and about the British establishment’s attitude to its post-colonial, post-Brexit place in the world?

Austerity in one country: The case of Britain

A decade of failed economic and social policies has left the UK economy in a perilous state. 

London is cloaking environmental racism in respectability – but Zambian villagers are fighting back

Zambian villagers await a landmark judgement that could help hold British companies to account for their actions abroad.

An epochal election: welcome to the era of platform politics

In an era characterised by reversibility, platform capitalism is producing newly discernible forms of aggregation and dispersal. Some things are certain: we need a socialism of the twenty-first century, and meaningful cultures of debate.

Shooting for the moon: Why we need a new mission for a zero carbon future

We need to start thinking big to drive innovation towards a greener, more inclusive economy.  

No Bregrets: does Brexit hold hope for progressives after all?

Most UK progressives voted Remain, but the referendum result has brought about the welcome collapse of the Tory majority. Could Brexit under Labour provide a forward-looking social democracy?

Growing up on the border: on Brexit’s Irish problem

People voted to take back control of the UK's borders... with little thought for what that would mean for the only actual land border.

Brexit, Dunkirk and a Britain where the past shapes the future

Nostalgia for ‘Dunkirk’ exposes the threadbare nature of our national stories, as do both Tory and Labour responses to Brexit.

Milli Vanilli fake diversity at the BBC

“When it comes to BAME, Ofcom must set a minimum standard that the BBC have to meet behind the camera.”

No, Channel 4: Islam is not responsible for the Islamic State

“I am a longstanding admirer of Holland. However, the arguments he makes in his film are intellectually dishonest.”

Food, the UK and Brexit: an even messier reprise of Corn Laws politics?

We see Liam Fox warming up a US-UK trade deal, while Michael Gove assures consumers that animal welfare and food quality standards are safe in his hands. This doesn’t add up.

Brexit and the global south: Why it’s time to end free trade imperialism

After Brexit, Britain must prioritise trade justice for the poorest countries of the world.

Shocking new evidence could overturn Northern Ireland ruling that became an international blueprint for torture

I “felt like I was drowning or suffocating until I fell on the floor unconscious” - new testimony from survivors of torture in Nothern Ireland goes to the heart of British colonial myth-making.

John Berger and the Booker Prize

Clarity is more important than money.

Words of fire

The language of resistance is resourceful, creative and deep. After Grenfell, the words of those affected ring out clearly and truly – showing up the shallow contempt of those by whom they are governed.

The UK government thinks I am an extremist – and you might be one too

The UK government has turned to the policing of ideas in their efforts to pre-empt and thwart terrorism. Such a strategy makes anyone who rejects the status quo a potential suspect.

Aesthetic labour, beauty politics and neoliberalism: An interview with Rosalind Gill

Ian Sinclair speaks to Professor Rosalind Gill about the relationship between beauty politics, aesthetic labour and neoliberalism, the role of social media and the impact all this has on women.

Why the Conservative-DUP deal spells bad news for the environment

Beneath the surface, the new confidence and supply deal poses a number of threats to environmental justice.

Leadsom campaign chair denies involvement in dark-money funded poll which boosted her campaign

The MP who ran Andrea Leadsom’s leadership bid tells openDemocracy that he wasn’t involved in commissioning a key opinion poll which boosted her campaign and was funded by the secretive Constitutional Research Council.

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