UK Constitution

Brexit Begins As May Formally Triggers Article 50

Vikram Kumar Khosla | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Vikram Kumar Khosla

One thing the Prime Minister cannot do is come out with a bad deal for Britain or not listen to the UK citizens. This is because the UK citizens are going to face the impacts of whatever that deal is and what it brings in the days, months and years to come.

The Latest Scandal Could Be The Final Straw For The Lords

Katie Ghose | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

It's fair to say that how constitutional change happens in the UK is something of an oddity. Without a codified constitution, parliamentary democracy stretches and adapts, creaking with new ways of doing things in an increasingly federal set-up.

America Challenged: Can Trump Do Democracy?

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

The final test will come when Trump starts showing signs of not accepting defeat at the polls in four years' time, or tries to call into question the limit on presidential terms after eight years. Then latest, will we know who Trump really is - which could be too late. It's going to be a challenging and tough time.

What's Up With Democracy?

Robin Bunce | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Bunce

We are right to value democracy, and to demand free, fair, regular, competitive elections. But an election is not an end in itself. Elections do not guarantee freedom or good outcomes. Democracy is much more likely to function well, when the rights of all are guaranteed by independent courts, even if this offends the majority. And elected governments are much less likely to become tyrannical when the people keep tabs on them through a free press, and when people are willing to protest. In fact, and this is not an alternative fact, every healthy democracy needs trouble makers.

Brexit And Believing In Britain's Constitution

Jonathan Cooper | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Cooper

We need to have the chance to vote for a political party that reflects what we want or don't want from the European Union. This decision cannot be the Prime Minister's. It is for the current Parliament to work out the options, but ultimately it is for us to vote for the type of UK we want live in.

Cans Of Worms And The Constitution? - The Supreme Court And The Miller Case

Dr Peter Paul Catterall | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Peter Paul Catterall

On 3 November 2016 in the High Court the Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls and Lord Justice Sales delivered the most important legal decisio...

Four Myths Surrounding The High Court Judgement

Banseka Kayembe | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Banseka Kayembe

"The judges were clearly politically motivated in the decision they came to and are trying to undermine our democracy". No. No, no, no, a million times no. The judgement was made on a point of pure UK constitutional law. Not their opinions.

International Day of Democracy: What Does Taking Back Control Mean To You?

Alexandra Runswick | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Politics
Alexandra Runswick

If Theresa May means what she says about her government being for all and not just the "privileged few", then she needs to direct her attention to addressing this sense of powerlessness that is sweeping the nation.

Citizens Want a Say on Devolution

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

There is a real potential for a new way of doing things - that instead of devolution being a stitch-up between local and national politicians, we can have engagement from citizens to bring new insights and new ideas into the debate.

Yorkshire Citizens Want a Stronger Northern Powerhouse

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

At its heart, the project challenges the myth that people are disengaged from politics. When they are given the chance to assess and meaningfully discuss local issues, they jump at it.

Constitutional Crisis? What Crisis?

Alistair Jones | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Jones

Sadly, all George Osborne has to do is tie the cut to tax credits to the Autumn Statement and they will go through the House of Lords unamended. If he can get it through the House of Commons first...

Revealed: The True Scale of Opposition to Our Unelected Lords

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

Just a day after the government announced their 'rapid review' into the powers of the upper chamber, the full extent of opposition to our unreformed House of Lords has been revealed.

Now the PM Can Deal With His 'Regret' Over Lack of Lords Reform

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

The public won't settle for half-way house Lords reform. If the government is serious about dealing with the 'constitutional crisis' our democracy is in, they should ensure the public get a say at last in who represents us in the upper chamber.

Yes, Lords Reform is Needed - But so is Caution

Alan Grant | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Our democracy, like every political system across the world, needs reform and will always need reform but before we throw the bathwater out, let's make doubly sure we've removed the baby first.

Why Ireland Should Vote for Marriage Equality

Aaron Vallely | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

The minds of the Irish people have become inflamed by fiery debate on the issue of Marriage Equality. In two weeks, our country takes to the polls to vote on Marriage Equality, and should it pass, could make not only Irish history, but world history, by being the first country to legally enact it by popular vote.

Delivering Devolution

Conor Gearty | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Politics
Conor Gearty

The debate in the UK regarding devolution, is in a bit of a mess. Three separate processes are rumbling on for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, each at a different speed. Calling the situation within England a "process" would be overly generous.

Why Europe Must Now Support Tunisia More Than Ever

Alyn Smith | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

We Europeans did nothing to help Tunisia achieve its revolution in January 2011. Yet, today, we can and must support the most successful of the Arab Spring countries - because we know that democracy can never be taken for granted.

We Need to Talk About Proportional Representation (Again)

Jackson Rawlings | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jackson Rawlings

If we are planning to renegotiate the entire basis of our politics in terms of who votes on what, it may be worth asking how are those votes accounted for and what do they actually mean?

Scotland: Leave Yes and No Behind For Now: The Fight for Devo Max Begins Here

Gregor Cubie | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Cubie

I woke up strangely invigorated on Friday morning (on my sofa after one hour's sleep) because, as a longtime advocate of Devo Max for Scotland - which I would describe as self-governance in every area except fiscal policy, British Constitutional Politics, international diplomacy, international development, and national security - my fight had finally arrived.

Who Needs a Constitution When UK Politics Is in Such Good Shape?

Graham Allen | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
Graham Allen

Parliament's Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, which I chair, has been doing just that by working over the past five years on a project with King's College London to develop several visions of what a democratic settlement for the United Kingdom could look like.

A Slice of Norway

Jorn Tomter | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK
Jorn Tomter

Today it is 200 years since Norway's constitution law was signed on the 17 May 1814. At the time it was considered to be one of the most liberal democratic constitutions and today it is the third oldest constitution law in the world...

Citizen Empowerment: New Technology Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

Loren Treisman | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Tech
Loren Treisman

While technology is not a panacea for social problems, it has the potential to connect citizens to information on the laws and people that govern them at a lower cost and larger scale than ever before and to make all voices count.

An EU Referendum Would Be Unconstitutional and Undemocratic

Sam Fowles | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

By now tens of thousands of words have been written about the Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage debates but I think you can sum them up in just three: They were rubbish. While no one was expecting either man to be an Obama (or even a Romney) we deserved a higher standard than what was essentially a playground spat.

Obamacare: A British Man's Letter To The American Citizen

Karl Davis | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Dear American Citizen, I write from the other side of the Atlantic. Our homelands are separated by a vast, malevolent body of water. Thousands of miles stand between us, yet still we share so many things, music, theatre, fashion, culture, history, high street stores and banking ties, and much more. Our military train together, and politicians lean on each other. We really aren't that different.

Three Reasons Why Tunisian Democratic Transition Works

Peter Lesniak | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Lesniak

After relatively short post-revolutionary transition period, Tunisian democracy is slowly standing up on its own feet.