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Mehmet Kurt is this week’s guest editor, introducing the theme, ‘New Turkey and Old Troubles’.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The racist attack on Reker Ahmed was rooted in May's asylum policies

To understand the near-fatal attack of Reker Ahmed in Croydon, we need to look at the bigger picture: prime minister Theresa May’s draconian policies and the hostile media. 

Sustainable finance: the divestment approach

How has divestment emerged as the leading response to the financial dimension of climate change, and why is there a need for a more critical and varied response?

What good is finance?

Is it possible for citizens to rein in the financial system and demand that it works in their interests?  

Reclaim Adam Smith

Smith’s warnings about unchecked corporate power backed by the state should be heeded today.

The power of money: how the rich took hold of our monetary systems to make themselves richer

To wrest back control from private finance, to reclaim our “hollowed out democratic institutions,” we must begin with a public understanding of money. Book review.

How Theresa May is getting around election spending limits with big newspaper ads

By running local newspaper ads focusing on her message, Theresa May is getting around local spending limits for the upcoming general election

Turkish democracy is deteriorating into authoritarianism, so why is the UK turning a blind-eye?

As Europe is distancing itself from Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian regime, the UK is getting closer. Is it to sell them even more weapons?

17 plead not guilty over Stansted deportation protest

Defendants contest public order charges arising from protest that stopped a Home Office removal flight.

Theresa May regards television debates an intrusion into Britain’s real democratic process

The Prime Minister has refused to take part in a TV debate. What else will she throw out? Could Prime Minister's Questions be the next accountability casualty?

How we can build the movement for social justice before, during and after this election

We need to be thinking about what happens after June 8th – not just who gets elected but how we can organise our movement for the longer term

How a Tory 'cash crunch' in this election will push them further into the arms of hardliners

The Tories are facing a cash-crunch over the election, making it more likely hardliners will fund it. And that should worry all of us

On the June 8 UK general election : a strong and credible opposition

Main proposition: DiEM25 UK should refrain from supporting any particular party at this point. It should focus instead on outlining specific approaches to the Brexit negotiation process.

Apartheid references in Israel

The attempt to outlaw the use of the term "apartheid" in relation to Israel and its occupation has to be recognised as carrying dangers of effectively stifling debate on an issue of great importance

We may have another election but our unfair voting system still ignores most Britons

An analysis of how many people it takes to elect an MP shows most Britons are still being ignored during elections

Participation and foresight: putting people at the heart of the future

The demise of the Commission at the stroke of a Minister’s pen demonstrated the fragility of such bodies. So Welsh Government set out to incorporate the Commission’s function within legislation.

Why Britons have to embrace tactical voting in the upcoming election

There simply is no heart in a national election; it's tactical voting all the way down

Mission (im)possible? The British left and the future of Europe

A recent gathering of left-wing activists shows the idea of a reformed Europe is being quietly abandoned – but is this the group to trip up hard Brexit? 

It's about time our judiciary started to reflect the people it serves

A senior judiciary that so clearly fails to reflect the ethnic, gender and social composition of the nation seriously undermines justice in England and Wales.

Cutting to the chase: what the Brexit referendum did

Brexit means Brexit – but what does that actually mean? To understand the EU referendum results, we first have to accept its irreversibility. 

Opposition parties offer choices from soft clean Brexit to hard dirty Brexit

Here is a crib sheet of what the main UK opposition political parties have said in relation to the future of European environmental regulations.

Soft clean Brexit or hard dirty Brexit: The great unpicking of EU regulations begins

UK prime minister Theresa May remains beholden to a small, vocal, hardened and influential faction within the Conservative party which is determined to strip away environmental protections agreed in Europe.

Draconian cuts to legal aid for prisoners found to be unlawful by Court of Appeal

A rare thing: some good news for prisoners and legal aid. 

Labour's last stand? Corbyn must oppose Brexit and work with other parties or face annihilation

Labour is not strong enough to fight the Tories alone. They must lead a progressive coalition and present a real alternative to Brexit.

The changing world of work and the trade union movement’s response

The economy and employment are changing fast, but there are important steps that UK unions can take to be prepared.

Behave or get deported, says G4S

EXCLUSIVE: The world’s biggest security company, landlord to asylum-seekers, threatens tenants with expulsion from the UK.

Where do we go from here? Designing the future of Europe

The future is created. By us. The European Commission’s White Paper on the Future of Europe invites politicians and citizens alike to focus on what they want for the future. 

Forty years of failure: how to challenge the narrative of Hard Brexit

Labour needs to tell people a clear and convincing story about what has happened to Britain since the 1970s if it is to have any hope of challenging the Hard Brexit fairy-tale.

“You black bastard” Offensive, friendly banter, somewhere in between or both?

“There is no justification for racial discrimination, in theory or in practice, anywhere” and certainly not in Britain or Australia.

RIP United Kingdom, 1927-2017

The Tories maintain the electoral momentum and the political initiative, something which is not only going to damage Labour irreversibly, but the entire country, with Brexit negotiations breaking it apart.

Do fewer lawyers and judges of colour mean more prisoners of colour?

When professionals within the criminal justice system cannot relate to the ordinary people that come before them, justice cannot be done.

The Tories have just brought the endgame of the union a little closer

Is this goodbye to British politics and goodbye to Britain?

Welcome to Civil Society Futures

Welcome to Civil Society Futures. Over the next two years, we’ll be facilitating a conversation across England about how civil society can flourish in a fast-changing world. And to do that, we’ll ...

We’re having an election. George Osborne must put his Evening Standard job on hold until it’s over

Can the former UK Chancellor, who masterminded the Tory victory in 2015, really deliver ‘straight facts and opinion’ as editor of London’s flagship paper during this election campaign?

Labour MPs must weaponise Hard Brexit for any chance of defeating the Tories

To have a fighting chance, Labour MPs should ignore Corbyn and go after May's Achilles heel: Remain voters.

Three ways the fossil fuel industry influences the UK political system – and three things you can do

Climate change is one terrifying symptom of a broken economic system which needs a drastic redistribution of power. You can help.

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