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Back to 1971: she may not frighten Europe but the prime minister frightens me

Theresa May sets out her view of what kind of country she wants Britain to be.

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Back to 1971: she may not frighten Europe but the prime minister frightens me

Theresa May sets out her view of what kind of country she wants Britain to be.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
 

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Sturgeon should give Scotland the chance to reject May’s absurd adventurism

As Theresa May demands Scotland follows her loyally into the night, it's time for Sturgeon to call an independence referendum.

Liam Fox and the worst secret trade stitch up you've never heard of

The EU/US 'TTIP trade deal' is dead - but another deal that will do similar damage to our public services and protections is almost in place already. And the socialists are split...

A manifesto for Manchester

Andy Burnham has hit the ground running with an honest campaign around housing, although some of the ghosts of New Labour remain.

Employment Diversity – Has Ofcom been nobbled by the TV industry?

When it comes to diversity, Ofcom is being captured by the broadcasting industry.

Back to 1971: she may not frighten Europe but the prime minister frightens me

Theresa May sets out her view of what kind of country she wants Britain to be.

5 reasons Brexit is hazardous to our health

The post-Brexit deals now being negotiated are likely to leave Britons in poorer health and with a severely damaged or even privatised NHS.

Maybe it is time to tell new stories of Scotland

On the new Scotland and its emerging political culture.

Theresa May has handed the NHS crisis to the regions - here's why that should worry us all

Westminster and Whitehall ‘lords and masters’ are making local NHS bosses create NHS plans full of hopelessly optimistic ambitions, and bad excuses for cutting services.

DUP risks turning Northern Ireland into an EU condominium

The implications for the collapse of the Northern Irish Assembly this week could be far reaching...

Make justice great again

openJustice had its official launch party this week. Helena Kennedy talked about access to justice, justice post-Brexit and the future of human rights in the UK. Watch it here.

Parliamentarians - wake up!

The author launches a new blog with a message on Brexit – parliament wake up! Former Labour parliamentarian replies on how to correct the imbalance exploited by Thatcher, Blair and May.

The Illegitimacy of Brexit

Britain voted to leave the EU. But there is no mandate for where it should go.

Bauman's legacy

Zygmunt understood the crisis of a social democracy built on solid jobs, fixed identities and bounded within nation states, and paved the way for thinking about the need for progressive alliances. Español

False Consciousness, what's not to dislike?

The left need to face the hard truth of False Consciousness: We actually need more of what has just happened, not less. Paradoxically, the left now need to let go in order to get to grips with the new situation.

Was the Richmond Park by-election really a setback for Brexit?

Was it really Brexit which swung Richmond Park to the Lib Dems?

Rupert returns

21st Century Fox – the Murdoch family’s entertainment conglomerate – is bidding for the 61% of satellite broadcaster Sky it does not own. Predictably, alarm bells are ringing. What is at stake?

Another man's freedom fighter

Eleanor Penny talks to Dr Salman Butt about extremism, terrorism, and how to challenge violence without propping up prejudice.

What would a populist Corbyn look like?

Eight things the UK's Labour leader should do if he wishes to catch the populist wind.

The BBC and Wales' information deficit

Wales suffers the unique problem of a lack of information, as opposed to misinformation. Welsh people need to explore alternative media forms to create a Welsh public sphere

The battle of governments against extremism has to be credible

Byrne writes, ‘the starting point for radicalisation may in fact be rage rather than religion…it’s not the madrassa that is the problem, it’s your mates.’ Book review.

The Candidate: How Corbyn survived the coup – extract

In an extract from new book The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn’s Improbable Path to Power, Alex Nunns explains how Corbyn was able to survive the attempt of his MPs to overthrow him.

BAFTA/BFI Film Diversity Measures may not lead to BAME employment

The press should not exaggerate the effectiveness of the film diversity measures introduced by BAFTA this week. They deserve only a small welcome.

Bigotry seeks company in the UK

We historians at the University of Warwick are very concerned about the racism that is becoming increasingly commonplace over Britain, especially in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

Shakespeare the revolutionary

England's bard saw everyone as a whole human. That makes his plays great: and makes him a great revolutionary.

Five reasons why we don’t have a free and independent press in the UK and what we can do about it

Britain's press is controlled by the same networks of people as run everything else. Is it really free?

A guide to Christmas books for the radical in your life

Mark Perryman provides a seasonal round-up of the best books to cheer up the radical spirit

Is BBC Question Time’s audience producer really a fascist?

A freak Twitter storm engulfed the audience producer of the popular current affairs programme last week, as it was revealed she had shared Facebook posts by far right groups. But is there more to it?

Tackling antisemitism doesn't mean clamping down on criticism of Israel

The government has formalised a flawed definition of antisemitism that includes 'exceptional criticism' of Israel.

Legal aid cuts are a major human rights issue

Amnesty found that the recent sharp cuts to civil legal aid have hurt not only those people already in the most pain, but the integrity of the justice system itself. 

The busybody state is on the rise – and it is ticking us all off

In this extract from her new book Officious, Josie Appleton outlines the rise of the tick-box, tut, tut state and the threat it poses to civil society.

Jumping aboard the gravy train

While commercial law firms continue to declare annual profits amounting to hundreds of millions, cuts to legal aid mean many people are suffering. Why not redress this imbalance? 

Scotland must take this chance to stand up for women’s reproductive rights

Women’s and human rights organisations in Scotland are calling for a Scottish approach to abortion.

We need European regulation of Facebook and Google

It's time for the EU to step in and regulate the world's two biggest media outlets.

Immigration isn't responsible for falling living standards

The Casey report is a decoy. We shouldn't draw disingenuous links between falling living standards and fear of immigration.

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