UK Democracy

Democracy Demands a Richer Britain

Jem Bendell | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Politics
Jem Bendell

Members of Parliament don't need to have all the answers. Better if they don't. But the onus is on them - as elected representatives - to start an urgent conversation with people about how to reshape our economy for a richer Britain. If citizens sense this could be the beginning of a new participation, then 2016 could yet go down in history as the start of a revival of Western democracy.

Why May Must Say Yes To Worker Directors

Simon Sapper | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

In this era of post-truth left-behind politics, worker directors would seem to be a straightforward win-win issue. The PM has a choice to make here; I hope she makes the right one.

What If The Internet Had Been Invented Before Democracy?

Jon Barnes | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jon Barnes

It's not about Trump, Clinton or Brexit, but because the operating system, the process by which decisions are made which is like working on an old version of Windows 95 in 2016. We can do better. People have done better. It is happening in small pockets in Iceland, Estonia, Argentina, America, Australia, and Taiwan.

Trump Holds A Mirror Up To Brexit Britain

Federico Moscogiuri | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Politics
Federico Moscogiuri

There is no more symbolic an image of 2016 than the picture of Donald Trump and a gloating Farage standing in front of Trump's gold-plated doors, like a grotesque modern-day version of Churchill, Truman and Stalin at Potsdam.

We're Misung Social Media - And It's Ruining Democracy

Jake Rudman | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Tech
Jake Rudman

But we also have the opportunity to use social media to broaden our horizons. If not to adopt other viewpoints, then at least to open our minds to them so that we can better understand each other.

Democracy Has To Be Democracy

Yasmin Braddell | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Braddell

The consequences of that could be more catastrophic than anything we have ever known, read or heard. A world without choice and freedom of speech is more terrifying than a world with a voice to whom we, in our millions, are wary.

Democracy And The Election Of Donald Trump

Melanie Eusebe | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Melanie Eusebe

We need to instil more engagement and empowerment through our government representatives with the citizens of a democracy, so that socio economic issues are not all grouped together once every four years, and results such as these do not knock us sideways, but have been listened to, understood and reflected in our government long before we engage in constitutional decisions such as Presidential elections and EU membership.

Actually, Brexiteers, Fighting Against You Is The Very Definition Of Democracy

Beth Leslie | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Leslie

You have the right to force a world I do not want upon me. I have the right to fight it. And I shall. Not with violence, but with debate. Not with coercion, but with facts. I will criticise you, but never try to silence you. I will accept the vote as valid but disagree entirely with the result. I recognise your majority but will declare you fundamentally, horribly mistaken.

'I Don't Care If They Call Me A Dictator'

Jody Sabral | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jody Sabral

When will we be ready to admit the Turkish model has failed? Maybe never for the implications of this admission are too overwhelming to consider, aren't they? Better to voice our concerns and turn the other cheek. We intervene in countries' domestic affairs only when it is convenient for us not for them, and now really isn't the time, is it?

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.

Why 2016 Is The Year To Teach Kids About Democracy

Claire Quansah | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Quansah

So whilst we wait to witness the clear up of the mess that is 2016 and ask ourselves if all this stuff really happened, let's not forget to remind our children, democracy is good and that their one vote is always better than no vote at all.

We Fracking Matter Up North Too You Know!

Fi Newsam | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
Fi Newsam

Today the Government approved Cuadrilla's plans to go ahead with fracking at a site in Lancashire. You will have heard the to-ing and fro-ing that has gone on between the local council, Cuadrilla, various activist groups, the government and the local people.

Safe Spaces And The 'Right' To Be Offended

Simon Sapper | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

I think you can't and shouldn't vaccinate or insulate yourself against being offended. But in these highly insecure times, you can't be surprised if people try. Safe spaces are surely a symptom more than anything else.

Five Simple Ways To Improve Democracy In The UK

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

It seems like the distant past now, but in the few weeks up to the registration deadline for the EU referendum, more than 1.35 million people applied ...

The Timing of Labour's Sudden Bout of Puritan Zeal is Deeply Suspicious at Best

Rob Atkinson | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Atkinson

What seems certain above all is the need to get this election over with, and to move on with a massively renewed mandate for our leader. And then - it will be time for top down reform and the redefinition of the party in the image of Corbyn and McDonnell. Having seen the desperate determination of the enemy within, and the lengths to which they will go - nothing less than a ruthless removal of such elements will now do.

From Tolerant to Nasty

Carl Sacklen | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Carl Sacklen

Even if you look beyond the hypocrisy of the situation - Corbyn, once a notorious backbench rebel, is now demanding backbench loyalty - the situation is deeply disturbing. The party of tolerance is becoming the nasty party, and that's not good for anyone.

Springtime for Populism

Ian Linden | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Linden

Liberal democracy in the UK is not in good shape. Fears that our once triumphalist political culture is now falling apart are suppressed. "Uncertainty" serves as stop-gap euphemism for deeper disquiet. There is talk of new opportunities and proud self-determination, much patriotic bravura. But minorities suffer abuse, violence and even murdered, and there are portents of worse to come.

Abuse In Politics Threatens Everything We Stand For

Richard Burden | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

Weaponising allegations of abuse by opponents (or allegations of purges in response) may not be the same as weaponising the abuse itself but it is also unlikely to help. Insults are never an acceptable substitute for political argument, from whichever direction they come. Abuse in politics disfigures us all and it threatens us all.

Should We Really Choose Isolationism? Open Letter To MPs

Federico Moscogiuri | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Politics
Federico Moscogiuri

On Monday, 5th September, Parliament will hold a debate on whether to hold a second EU referendum.The referendum result has placed the UK at a crossroads. Where the UK goes from here will not only determine the future of the UK, but will have a big impact on the EU as well, and by extension the international community.

Is France Putting It's Own Democracy At Risk Over A Burkini?

Meliha Hayat | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK
Meliha Hayat

My message to the people of France is much the same, that we should not use religion as a scapegoat and ignore the social issues and divides that are causing friction in our society. That is what feeds extremists elements and gives them more material to spread their message of hate.

Time To Put Labour NEC Reform On The Agenda

Joseph Finlay | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

Over the last year Corbyn supporters have learned the hard way that the elected leader does not necessarily have control of the party. This has not lead to a healthy balance of power, it's lead to internal anarchy. NEC reform is urgently required, not just to make the party's governance democratic but simply to make the party function again.

In the Era of Social 'News' We Must Be More Social

Adam Stones | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Tech
Adam Stones

I recently defriended someone on Facebook. I know, such a modern drama. I had just had enough of my news feed being disrupted with his right wing views on the world, which seemed so out of line with my own. But by casting him digitally aside, I was complicit in that world becoming instantly smaller.

The Lords Are Not Our Saviour

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
Adrienne Macartney

We illegally bomb 'democracy' into foreign lands that happen to possess resource or geopolitical value. We all play a role in these 'liberty' crusades. We are all culpable proselytizers of democracy at any price. Yet the dis-united Kingdom remains a feudal land.

Digital Democracy Meets the Oligarchs Uptown

Dr Richard Barbrook | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK
Dr Richard Barbrook

Can social media truly liberate the minds of the masses from the corporate propaganda of the mainstream media? Is it possible to imagine one day that people power might even become the leitmotif of the British state?

So What Next for Turkey?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Ever since the attempted coup in Turkey on 15th July where at least 208 people were killed and more than 1400 injured, I have been meaning to contribu...