UK Democracy

Democracy And Protecting Our Inalienable Rights: Education Is Crucial

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Dr Moshe Kantor, head of the European Jewish Congress , in his moving comments on Holocaust Day commemorations last month, said: "It's crucial that we...

The Case For A Strong Selfless Parliamentary System

J.N. Paquet | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

The creation of a selfless parliamentary system is a real revolution in itself. It is a new way of doing politics, but it is also and mainly a way to restore the people's trust in politics, and send the populist and nationalist preachers of our time back to the one place they belong: the History books.

Truth Died At The Bowling Green Massacre - The Sweden Factor

Michael Abberton | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Abberton

In the past, authoritarian regimes and unscrupulous governments have gone to great lengths to engineer actual events in order to justify their subsequent actions in the eyes of their people. But today, in the world of alternative facts and fake news, where the media is portrayed as the enemy of the People, fictional atrocities can be created at will - and the faithful will believe that they really happened.

What A Woman Wears Is A Woman's Choice

Sahar Al-Faifi | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Sahar Al-Faifi

I grew up wearing the face-veil as an act of worship. I live in a liberal, secular society that is politically charged and highly divided. For me, the face-veil has multiple meanings and dimensions; it is not reduced to "a piece of cloth," nor is it exclusively a religious symbol.

The Will Of The People? In Defence Of Democracy

Michael Abberton | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Abberton

How do we respect the will of the people when the people have no say, no control, and the very tools of democracy are being perverted and used against...

Democracy And The Importance Of Turning Up

Jamie Lambert | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Jamie Lambert

We have to turn up, and keep turning up, and show that we believe equally as hard as they do, and that respect and acknowledgement of the rights of our fellow humans, no matter their skin colour, country of origin, gender, sexuality or whatever differences we may have, are the core values of the society we want to live in. Democracy is the single most important construct our society has ever developed and, whilst it has flaws like everything else, it's beautiful, and it works when we turn up.

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.

It Turns Out Voters Have Faith In Democracy - But We Can Do Better

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

From Donald Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud in the US, to the government's plans for voter ID trials in the UK next year, the (often shaky) notion of widespread abuse in our democratic system has been on the agenda this past few months...

Democracy Is Dead - Long Live The Anarchy

Nick Compton | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Compton

Unless we do something about it. What are you doing right now? Like, right this very second? Whatever it is, listen quickly. I'm already wasting tim...

Worry For The World, But Hope For Us All

Alison Powell | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Politics
Alison Powell

My main worry is the pain we may all go through before this hoped for stability and kindness is in place and for that I can only hope, in the meantime, it is not all as bad as I worry it may be.

I Accuse! How Brexit Populism Is Destroying Democracy

Nora Berend | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Politics
Nora Berend

Our MPs should consider if Brexit Britain, where fear and violence continue to grow, where the few benefit politically and financially on the back of the many engulfed by poverty, a Britain that allies itself with Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is in the interests of this country. MPs must act now, take responsibility and oppose Brexit in the name of democracy.

Activism, No Longer A Dirty Word

William Crona | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
William Crona

The term 'activist' should really be stripped of its obnoxious (and in many cases unfair) connotations and begin to be understood exactly as what it really means: acting resolutely in accordance with ones most dearly held principles. The crowds that have been marching in unity throughout the world show that this process is already under way and I urge every one of us to raise their banner alongside them in solidarity.

Warning: Brexit Britain Could End Up On The Wrong Side Of History

Julie Ward | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

Last week, on January 27th, we marked international Holocaust Memorial Day. Together with millions of others around the world, I reflected on the history of unspeakable horrors which were committed when nations and peoples surrendered to xenophobia, nationalist prejudice, and lies. That history has a frightening relevance with regard to current world events.

May We Have A Word, Mr Trump?

Daniel Weeks | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Daniel Weeks

It's been seven years since the legendary American reformer, Doris "Granny D" Haddock, passed away at age 100, but at such a time as this, she would most certainly have something to say. After living through two world wars and the threat of nuclear annihilation - and then walking across America for democracy in her ninetieth year, undaunted by arthritis and emphysema - Granny D knew what she stood for and wasn't afraid to speak.

Brexit Britain: Inside The Echo Chamber

Robin Bunce | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Bunce

I spend my entire life in an echo chamber. I live in Cambridge, which, as a fellow Cantabrigian acknowledged recently, is over 70% Remain, and over 90...

Brexit And The Presidential Election: How Did We Get Here and What Do We Do Now?

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Alex Ratcliffe

Following both events, and that sense of disorientation, disbelief and alienation, we now hear it said that we must accept that "the people have spoken", so stop moaning. I wonder. Have you, the people, spoken? All of you? And to whom?

Ending Voter Apathy

Carl Sacklen | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Carl Sacklen

We've got this wonderful thing called democracy, but only some of us seem to be using it. In the EU referendum, only 64% of young people felt the urge...

Democracy: The Most Educational Form Of Government

Tom Bailey | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Bailey

Even if democracy did not encourage a more educated citizenry, it would still be the only morally defensible way to decide the laws that govern society, and would still be the best guarantor of liberty and rights. Lasch's argument, however, is worth remembering the next time someone wheels out ancient platitudes about people being too stupid for democracy to work.

Liberal And Lost: The Pitfalls Of The New Protest Movement

Max Sanderson | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
Max Sanderson

In a perfect world, everyone's each and every need would be catered for but as we all know, this world is far from perfect. And so we aim to reach a consensus of what is best for most of us (including for "low information, non-city dwelling bigots"). And by doing this, we realise that representation can never be full in its entirety. And polarisation of opinion will always occur.

Requiring ID From Voters Protects Us All

Gabriel Webber | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

Who knows how our new British experiment will turn out. But a democracy is only democratic if voting is restricted to those entitled to vote. Measures aimed at ensuring that are, in principle, to be applauded.

Democracy In Somalia: Overcoming Insurgency To Provide A Lasting Peace

Matthew Walker | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Matthew Walker

While the world has been fixated on the American presidential race, Somalia, once the epitome of a failed state, is holding its first elections since ...

If New Voters Caused Brexit What Does It Mean For The UK's Political Future?

Kirby Swales | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Politics
Kirby Swales

The most striking of Vote Leave groups was the most disadvantaged, who have also been called 'the left behind'. It is these that surprised pollsters and commentators and potentially tipped the balance towards Leave. This group represent about 12% of the population and 95% of them voted leave.

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.