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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


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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


openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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 they 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.

The last World Cup as we know it

Problematic decisions by FIFA mean Qatar could be bad – and North America 2026 could be even worse, fears Philosophy Football’s Mark Perryman.

Trump's visit marks the start of shock doctrine Brexit

The radical right want a no-deal Brexit so they can force Britain into a disaster capitalist trade deal with the USA.

Boris Johnson’s resignation letter is the halitosis of a rotting body politic

The UK is in the midst of a multi-layered political and constitutional breakdown.

Why global justice must lie at the heart of the debate about Britain’s economic future

Capitalism is an imperialistic economic system, but too often the left assumes that our economy operates in isolation.

Theresa May won the Chequers game – now Remainers must face reality

It’s time for rational Remainers to start planning for the possibility that Britain could be out the EU before the end of 2018.

The pre-history of post-democracy

Amidst the currently contested conceptions of democracy, a review of Michael Schudson’s The Rise of the Right to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (2015).

Don't Delete Your Account: online organising in times of crisis

We need to build the sort of social media which allows us to build the collective identities we need.

‘1968’: The neglected intellectual legacy

The journals which sprung from 1968 have shaped thinking on the left to this day.

Opinion: George Osborne’s real ‘Future London’ is a crass exercise that readers won’t swallow

Someone needs to tell Osborne that Londoners are not mugs. The rebrand of his controversial deal with Uber, Google and others still stinks.

George Osborne’s Evening Standard launches delayed ‘money-can’t-buy’ campaign – with more controversial partners

Private healthcare firm and a French conglomerate with a record of lawsuits against media join Uber, Google and others in lucrative sponsorship deal.

Fines are fine, but only structural reform can rein in the platform monopolies

Why we must rethink the deep institutional underpinnings of digital economy.

Revealed: Charity watchdog probes pro-Brexit anti-NHS think tank

The Institute of Economic Affairs has been a fixture of political and media debates on Brexit and more. Now, the Charity Commission is examining whether the IEA breached rules on political independence

Young people are the unsung heroes of Grenfell

Meet some of the extraordinary young people bringing life to the Grenfell community.

Why the Women’s March sees Trump’s UK visit as ‘a glorious opportunity’

Thousands plan to march in London on Friday and also raise awareness of impacts of government policies on vulnerable women in the UK.

Dominic Raab: is he the IEA’s man in government?

The controversial right-wing think tank has long nurtured the new Secretary for Brexit and his “war of ideas”. What will this mean now?

Fields of play – joining the dots between pitches and politics

English World Cup hopes rest on Gareth Southgate’s young team’s shoulders. But Left politics needs to address the lack of facilities for youngsters and the grassroots game.

Car Crash Brexit – How the UK is set to become a second-hand dealer in EU automotive regulation

The British played a significant unsung role in advancing EU car safety regulations. But – just as the industry moves towards greater innovation – Britain wants to take a back seat.

Reliant on kindness? How austerity is undermining the 2010 Equality Act

Reliance on kindness, in law and in public services, has no place in a democracy based on equal citizenship – but it’s the consequence of austerity.

Two neoliberal infernos: Grenfell, and Piper Alpha 30 years on

Profit-before-safety, warnings ignored, 239 people dead. Britain’s oil bonanza and London’s gentrification have much in common.

Let's not romanticise the World Cup

Can we share the joy of communal football watching without glossing over the toxic, discriminatory effects of its commodification? 

Who actually are Vote Leave?

The Electoral Commission is expected to find that the largest pro-Brexit campaign group broke the law during the EU referendum. Who are the people involved?

Why I'm an emotional and embattled European

The public has tuned out. Labour is ambiguous. Do we really want to leave Europe so we can fiddle on the fringes?

The NHS proves there’s always been an alternative

Britain’s health service celebrates its 70th birthday in a precarious position. But we can do better.

New UK counter-terror strategy lacks a coherent approach to conflict overseas

The UK’s updated counter terrorism strategy (CONTEST) acknowledges the links between terror threats in the UK and conflict overseas. Yet it fails to apply the hard lessons from flawed efforts in recent years.

What does the government know about you - and have they got it right?

Personal data is now used not only to deliver but to deny services, so it's more important than ever to check what's on your records. Here's how.

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