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An industrial strategy for energy

Britain should abandon Hinkley Point and invest in storage.

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An industrial strategy for energy

Britain should abandon Hinkley Point and invest in storage.

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After Cameron: How can you mend a broken country?

In seeking a One Party Britain, David Cameron sowed the seeds not for a united nation, but a divided one. A sign that Britain’s ‘Left Behind’ are now beginning to have their voices heard.

'The unacceptable face of capitalism'? What the collapse of BHS shows us about the UK economy

In a deregulated financial market, Sir Philip Green's plundering of BHS is the rule, not the exception.

An industrial strategy for energy

Britain should abandon Hinkley Point and invest in storage.

Economic change will not happen until the left understands money

Developing a sound analysis of the causes of the financial crisis, and of solutions to the crisis is essential to attracting widespread public support for a transformation of the economy.

The post-factual Labour leadership election

Activism around the Labour leadership election has been too quick to abandon the truth.

After Brexit: the received ideas of racism and nationalism

It's time to challenge 'common sense' on immigration.

The Ministry of Fear

Holiday pleasures can't quite shake the sense of background dread at the state of the world - and the state of the NHS. But there is clearly appetite for resistance.

Rough handling and restraint: UK forced removals still a nasty business

A support group gathers disturbing testimony from people deported by commercial contractors.

Let’s reset our future

The starting pistol for openDemocracy's new series on how to refound politics in Britain.

Finding the path forwards

The political systems of the United(ish) Kingdom are irredeemably broken. Join the conversation about why & how to replace them.

Scotland and Europe, Iris Murdoch and Antonio Gramsci: an interview with Tom Nairn

From The left against Europe to The break up of Britain, Tom Nairn's essays have been far-sighted and era-defining for half a century. Here, we publish the first recorded interview on his intellectual history.

Theresa May's dangerous record on immigration

Theresa May's time as home secretary was marked by the further marginalisation of immigrants in this society. In a diverse nation, it's worrying that such a person becomes prime minister.

Inequality: the nexus of wealth and debt

If we are to create a more equal world, and reduce the risk of financial meltdown, we need to cure ourselves not only of our love of debt, but of our love of wealth.

Can the British monarchy last forever?

Increasing awareness of the shady dealings of the monarchy - and the institutions that protect it - are leading to a growing republican movement in the UK.

Sovereignty and responsibility after Brexit

Triggering Article 50 to leave the European Union would pave the way for a hugely undemocratic series of negotiations. Legislators must intervene, taking responsibility for this murky, constitutionally unprecedented situation.

From austerity to indebtedness and back

Austerity can only be a temporary fix that does not touch upon the causes of the problem. Whatever the belt-tightening, debt will keep growing, crisis after crisis.

Brexit and the rise of populism

Populist nationalisms are replacing social democracy and Christian democracy across Europe. But we cannot, and should not, attempt to resuscitate these traditional models of governance.

Hard Times today: popular culture and the austerity myth

The myth of ‘austerity’ is our alibi, a myth so persuasive that it has given its name across the western industrialised nations to the very age in which we live.

Solidarity forever? Why Labour shouldn't split

A split would prove disastrous for the Labour party, and for the hopes of its supporters.

Performing beyond the gendered zombie economy

Contemporary performance can provide a way of understanding as well as re-imagining what inclusive economies look like, particularly during crises. Performances of the economy are critical in urgent times. 

Divide and conquer? The politics of the generation gap

If the intergenerational divide is allowed to become a full-blown culture war, only the Right will profit. In the face of this, we must re-think how the latest generation organises itself as a political force.

The choice before the Labour party

Does Labour wish to fight for a better deal within the system, or change the system?

How the BBC can create a better digital public sphere

The BBC’s remit is not just broadcast. It has the power to improve our experiences online, and to realise the digital public sphere we want.

If the Left wants to win again, it must learn the art of storytelling

In post-truth Brexit Britain, politics has become a storytelling competition. The Left must respond with a vision of solidarity and liberation.

Politics against democracy: tracing the roots of Brexit.

Brexit cannot simply be attributed to contemporary alienation. We must examine the referendum result in the context of a long history of anti-democratic trends in UK governance.

Is Momentum a mob? No – this is what democracy looks like

A few unpleasant incidents are being highlighted to undermine a huge, peaceful, democratic movement.

Racism in the NHS: don’t let the unspeakable become acceptable

The toxic debate leading up to the Brexit vote has sharpened the risk that NHS staff and patients experience racial & xenophobic abuse - and highlighted the problems that are already there. How should those running the NHS respond?

The rise and fall of Oliver Letwin: a private life of public power

As Oliver Letwin, chief architect of Cameron’s Conservatism, falls by the wayside, the Tories have put Labour supporters where they always wanted: shouting up at them from the streets below.

Those who don't like the referendum result should demand more democracy, not less

Britain's referendum shows the need to deepen democracy, and make it truly deliberative.

The United Kingdom is sleepwalking into renewing humanity’s deadliest weapons

The British public are tired of simplified, polarising campaign messages, and are fast losing faith in their elected representatives, setting the stage for a renewal of Trident by default.

UN talks on multilateral disarmament: you can run but cannot hide

As debate in the UK is pre-occupied with renewal of Trident there is an apparent lack of awareness that the world of non-proliferation and disarmament is changing around us.

My thoughts on BREXIT: History is written by the victors

Brexit has revealed a culture war, which the left has been quietly losing.

A question of leadership

The ‘new politics’ Jeremy Corbyn proclaims must be an explicit agenda of institutional change, not simply a change of style at the dispatch box.

Austerity Neoliberalism: a new discursive formation

Austerity does not necessarily have to be neoliberal and neoliberalism does not have any necessary connection to austerity. But taken together they represent a toxic combination, one that attacks us body and soul.

Centrists must embrace anti-elitism or face extinction.

Instead of aping chauvinism, centrists must respond imaginatively to the anti-political sentiment behind Brexit and the rise of far right parties.

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