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Stop and search doesn't solve knife crime, so why not try something new?

Stop and Search is to modern policing what bloodletting was to ancient medicine - ineffective, but clung to.

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Urgent appeal: expose the dark money driving Brexit

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Who is bankrolling Britain's democracy? Which groups shape the stories we see in the press; which voices are silenced, and why? Sign up here to find out.

Debates about poppies are nothing new, but the tone has changed in Brexit Britain

The poppy hasn't suddenly been co-opted. It's always been a little piece of propaganda.

Twenty years on from devolution, the UK’s fiscal and economic model is still broken

The ‘deficit’ is unevenly distributed, with investment in R&D, transport and the arts still heavily skewed to the South East. Post-Brexit, is it time for a change?

The populists: what is to be done?

It is all too easy to throw up one’s hands in despair at the advance of the populists. Easy, but wrong.

Long live the People's Palace!

Glasgow's beloved museum of ordinary people's lives is threatened with closure. But these are exactly the kind of museums the UK needs as its nations struggle with questions of identity.

Framing ethnic diversity as a 'threat' will normalise far-right hate, say academics

An open letter from academics opposed to the mainstreaming of far right ideas as open debate, such as the forthcoming debate with Claire Fox, David Aaronovitch, Trevor Phillips and academics Matthew Goodwin and Eric Kaufmann.

What can Better Call Saul tell us about the state of the UK criminal records system?

An exploration of the harsh reality of UK criminal records disclosure.

The good ship Brexit’s mission of free trade and empire

It looks like we are heading for a Brexit that promotes multinational corporate interests over all.

Upfront NHS charges one year on - 6 reasons why they harm us all

And what can we do to stop these harmful charges?

The forward march of Remain? It still hasn't got out of the starting blocks

Remainers need to focus efforts on Tory and Labour MPs with marginal seats, but they're too distracted by painting apocalyptic pictures.

Trying to milk a vulture: if we want economic justice we need a democratic revolution

This is the concluding chapter of openDemocracy's e-book New Thinking for the British Economy. You can download the full e-book here for free. “It is not possible to build democratic socialism by...

Auschwitz and anti-racism: the past (and racism) is another country

It is in the here and now that UK racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, far-right and mainstream, are situated, embedded, and do harm. It should be tackled, not displaced and denied. 

Revealed: Met Police ignored Brexit campaign evidence for months

Scotland Yard claimed it didn’t receive key evidence about Leave campaigns until September. But the evidence was ready from May. They just didn’t bother to collect it.

Proscribing National Action: has it been effective?

The first British ban on membership of a far right group appears to be working – but the danger is other far right groups are learning to adapt.

Colonialism can’t be forgotten – it’s still destroying peoples and our planet

From the population decimation of the first colonies to the recent murders of environmental activists in Honduras, the arithmetic of cruelty and destruction is still unfolding. Español

Why some cities are ‘rebel cities’ – interview with Yaz Brien about Bristol’s resistance scene

“It’s a movement that shuts shit down but it really isn’t hypermasculine. And I think, in many ways, that is a factor in its sustainability.”

Brexit is taking our food policy in the wrong direction

One of the key roles of government is protecting us from ill effects of food that can take years to appear. But Brexit could undermine that.

Our democracy isn’t working – it’s time to fight for it

Corporate power has captured the centralised state – but Labour’s commitment to a Constitutional Convention offers root and branch reform, writes Jon Trickett.

Race, porn, and education: will the UK’s 2020 sex education update rise to the challenge?

The state must abandon all prudery in the interest of rectifying the time-lag leaving a whole generation of young people open to the unfettered excesses of the porn industry.

We have the answers to Brexit’s causes

British voters were right to demand radical change – those in power owe them action to rebalance our unequal society.

The news is dead – long live the news?

In a media world where the Big Five digital players are calling the shots, Jim Chisholm sees hope emerging from a growing breed of “new newsers”.

The Natural History Museum has been used by the Saudi regime

At a time when the Saudis are intensifying their crackdown on human rights, yesterday’s reception gave all the wrong messages.

Workhouse to Westminster – a review

Stuart Weir reviews a new autobiography of Lord Smith, an energetic crusader for democracy and social justice - and a vital ally during stormy times at the New Statesman magazine.

Why our media is wrong to say proportional representation helps the extreme right

The UK media likes to blame far right gains elsewhere – as in Sweden’s recent election – on PR. In fact the evidence shows disproportional voting systems give more power to the extreme right.

We need to raise ‘wealth taxes’ to fund the NHS

How will the Chancellor find the £20bn a year Theresa May has promised for England's NHS? 

Of Tories, charity... and Islamophobia

Muslims know they have a duty to support the poor. Tories can't claim this mantle - especially whilst they're riven with Islamophobia.

‘Gay cake’ cases show strength of Christian right legal armies on both sides of the Atlantic

In UK and US supreme courts, freedom of speech has been the defence of bakers who oppose same-sex marriage. It’s no coincidence.

Young workers know they're being ripped off - and that unions are the answer

Last weeks global food strikes show young workers get what trade unionism is about - and bringing new forms of digital organisation into play.

Police still not investigating Leave campaigns, citing ‘political sensitivities’

Exclusive: Months after Scotland Yard received ‘substantial’ evidence of potential criminality by pro-Leave groups, nothing has happened. Is the police probe destined for the political long-grass?

Film: Albion’s Call: Brexit, democracy and England

Brexit has ignited a fire under Britain. It is altering forever the way we see ourselves. This has to be confronted boldly and in an open-minded way

Is the tide turning on regulating Facebook and Google?

Facebook and Google are modern utilities - and natural monopolies - so they need a utility regulator.

From Windrush to Universal Credit – the art of ‘institutional indifference’

This government is 'institutionally indifferent' - to evidence, to criticism by the UN, MPs and inspectors, and most of all, to the suffering of those affected by its ignorant policies.

Immigration and the impact of a no-preference post-Brexit deal

In theory, a skill-based immigration system could work to reduce skill shortages in certain UK industry sectors but there are some key implications that remain unresolved.

‘Go Home?’ – five years on

On bordering, the referendum and Windrush: "It might be a dangerous moment but it is a moment when the old tricks of government cannot be repeated." Chain letter between UK researchers, June – September, 2018.

Forget early votes, do the maths, and start building for 2022

The lessons from conference season? Forget an early election – or a People’s Vote – the real prize to work for is a 2022 election that will be as era-defining as ’45 or ‘79.

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