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The banality of terrorism

Current responses seem to normalise terrorism – cementing it into the everyday reality of daily life, in the same way that we accept poverty, homelessness or inequality. The way things are.

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Podcast: "property is theft, property is liberty": rethinking land and housing economics

Housing sucks up more of our income and more of our savings than anything else. It represents around 60% of Britain's assets. From soaring homelessness to widening wealth inequality, the relationship ...

Responding to Brexit: returning to a social market model on migration

In the second part of the series on key inter-related aspects of the upheaval facing European countries and their citizens: how should the EU tackle the issue of internal migration?

Responding to Brexit: taking the political initiative

This three part series considers key inter-related aspects of the current political upheaval facing the citizens and countries of Europe. This first article examines how the European political class should respond.

Standing on the shoulders of Summerhill School

From the beginning of my work with Summerhill, initially as a fulltime science teacher, I worked with the children to share their experiences with other schools, teachers and universities.

Daily Mail faces fresh blagging scandal

Powerful tabloid chiefs campaigning to stop Leveson Two face questions over ‘buried’ £150,000 payments to the private detective charged with illegal hacking.

‘I am not safe’: on the run as a gay man in Afghanistan

Ahmad Faizi’s story is one of many contradicting the UK Home Office guidelines that “it may be a safe and viable option for a gay man to relocate to Kabul”.

The lack of British interest in Northern Ireland's crucial election is more evidence that the union is dead

Yesterday's election in Northern Ireland could scarcely have been more important. Yet the British media barely considered it worth reporting.

Electoral Commission contradicts DUP on Brexit donor transparency

Did Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party do the checks the law requires of it before accepting a vast donation for its Brexit campaign?

How tobacco killed everyone I loved most and what I intend to do about it

Big tobacco killed my family. It's time to expose the industries learning from their playbook as they kill the planet.

The strange link between the DUP Brexit donation and a notorious Indian gun running trial

We still don’t know how how key Leave campaign adverts were funded, but the one man who has been named has some surprising relationships...

The far right must stop talking about the death penalty in Europe

From Marine Le Pen to Paul Nuttall, the far right has resurrected the idea of the death penalty in Europe. But it’s wrong – even for the most heinous crimes.

ITV News takes another backward step

The end of ITV's "News at Ten" marks a step back for its current affairs coverage, and for the media plurality key to British democracy.

In a world of hate, fear and ‘alternative facts’, education really does matter

“It cannot be right, that people can grow up and go to school and hardly ever come into meaningful contact with people from other backgrounds and faiths.” David Cameron, July 2015.

Secretive DUP Brexit donor links to the Saudi intelligence service

The DUP's revelation about their Brexit donation leaves us with more questions than answers...

Mind your language

As Marine Le Pen calls on French citizens to renounce dual citizenship in France’s presidential election campaign, bilingual school education is the site of another battle for diversity in Wales.

‘Dangerous’ new changes planned to force sick people into work – or into poverty

The government promised to help disabled people back into work. They’re failing – and now it looks like they’re targeting those who need higher levels of support.

Fighting inequality in the UK has to start young

“Universality is key to sustainability and to acceptability of programmes of this kind.  Universal support also reflects our strong belief that parenting skills are not innate and all parents need support.”  

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When no good deed goes unpunished

Families in the UK that open their doors to child relatives fleeing the camps of Calais are being penalised by stringent rules on legal aid.

Between Israel and Palestine: reflections on a House of Commons debate

MPs shouldn't allow themselves to be scared off talking about Palestinian rights.

Anger and impotence in Northern Ireland's elections

Will a snap election in Northern Ireland bring about the change that so many want?

Fighting to win asylum from rape: the case of Erioth Mwesigwa

Today, Monday 20 February, at 4.30pm, a protest has been called outside the Home Office against the removal and detention of Erioth Mwesigwa, a rape survivor from Uganda.

Stop Trump – definitely! But then what?

Resisting Trump should involve asking the UK government to reconsider its approach to global security alliances.

The day Britain died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish independence

The Article 50 vote meant the end of Britain as we know it. Everyone needs to come to terms with what that means.

Fail, fail, and have another government contract

Security contractors G4S and Serco and housing company Clearsprings have for years supplied UK asylum seekers with shoddy housing. The contracts carry on regardless.

The 'dark money' that paid for Brexit

The secret cash that bankrolled Brexit, the loophole it's hiding in, and how we unravel it.

Liam Fox doesn’t want you to know about the EU/Canada trade deal

Meet the corporate sell off trade deal that Dr Fox snuck through a back-room of parliament as the Commons debated Brexit.

UK government will be held accountable for complicity in torture and rendition

As Trump swears to bring back torture, the UK Supreme Court has held that the UK government will be held accountable for its complicity in torture and rendition committed by foreign states.

Women on the front at Raqqa: an interview with Kimmie Taylor

What is the reality of war like for the women of Rojava as they advance on Raqqa? Kimmie Taylor from Britain is on the frontline and puts us in the picture.

Why every secularist should boycott Trump’s US

The Chair of the African Union Commission, has rightly noted, "The country to which many of our people were taken as slaves decides to ban refugees from some of our countries".

The right to have visiting rights

May's not the only one trying to have it both ways. Before Trump’s election, the US, long-heralded (and self-celebrating) “nation of immigrants,” was lowering the lamp beside its golden door.

Working class racism

Following my initial surprise, my first reaction, as always when I encounter the rhetorically inclusive “we”, was to wonder who they might be; was I now part of this “we” ?

A battle for the meaning of British Conservatism

What rescues Conservatives from internecine conflict like that of the Labour Party? Oakeshott claimed that the conservative does not have a creed or doctrine, but rather a ‘disposition’.

All Power to the Ideals!

What kind of centenary celebration does 1917 deserve?

Asylum seekers are left destitute and homeless due to a lack of legal aid

One of the least reported devastations caused by government legal aid cuts has been on asylum seekers. Vulnerable people seeking refuge in the UK are left destitute and homeless.

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