UK Democracy

The House of Lords Is Bigger Than Lord Sewell - Which Is Why It Shouldn't Be Abolished

David Browne | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

What we need to remember is that the House of Lords is far bigger than Lord Sewell, and that's precisely why calls to abolish it based purely on Sewell's actions - without actually considering what this entails - must be resisted.

Labour's Complacency Cost Them the Student Vote

Gareth Evans | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gareth Evans

Following Labour's resounding election defeat, much has been said about the party's need to regain key voter demographics if the outcome of 2020 is to...

The Eurogroup's Treatment of Greece Vindicates the Eurosceptic Right

David Browne | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

With the passage of the first round of reforms by the Greek Parliament, it would appear from the outset that the Eurogroup's proposals for Greece will become a reality in return for the next round of bailouts...

British MPs Support Iran's Democratic Resistance, NCRI, and urge lifting of Camp Liberty blockade

Lord Maginnis | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

My colleagues and I from both Houses of Parliament and all major parties, prominent Middle East experts and jurists today participated in a conference...

Four Great Politics Books You've Probably Never Heard Of

Tom Butler Bowdon | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Butler Bowdon

Perhaps you've enjoyed George Orwell's Animal Farm or Nelson Mandela's Long Walk To Freedom. Maybe you've even tackled Plato's The Republic or Thoreau's Civil Disobedience. Here are some other hugely important, but lesser known, political classics.

Greece Just Hammered the First Nail in the Coffin of Milton Friedman's Legacy

Manuel Barcia | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Manuel Barcia

Earlier this week Naomi Klein was asked in Twitter whether she thought that what we are seeing in Greece corresponds to the early stages of the Shock ...

The Detriment of TTIP

Kumail Jaffer | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kumail Jaffer

Negotiations for the TTIP (and TPP) have been very secretive, and you have to wonder why. If the deal was public, if investigative journalists were able to spread knowledge about this deal, protests would ensue from the awareness of possible detriment...

Britain and the EU: What Would Machiavelli Do?

Tom Butler Bowdon | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Butler Bowdon

Machiavelli is famous for his manual of power, The Prince, but it now seems likely he wrote it in an attempt to curry favour with the de Medici family...

A Greek Tragedy That Can Only Be Ended by Greece Leaving the Euro

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

What kind of system have we created where our elite inflict austerity on ordinary people that causes misery and suffering to millions, while financiers and gamblers of financial markets enjoy such a bonanza of riches? The mind boggles.

The Conservatives Are Trying to End Political Debate, Forever

Bradley Allsop | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

It is true, as was recently pointed out to me, that we don't quite live under a dictatorship the likes of which emanates from Pyongyang, but if this is the best that can be said for it, the mother of parliaments is in desperate, dangerous trouble. We must stop assuming Cameron is a benign blunderer, and begin to treat him as the dangerous dictator he is on the path to becoming.

France, Greece, and Now Spain: A Renaissance of the Left?

John Bunzl | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

With Podemos, Spain's left-wing anti-austerity movement, making dramatic gains in the local and regional elections, a discernible renaissance of Left-...

People vs Austerity: An Assembly of Hope

Zion Lights | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Zion Lights

Two years on and we find ourselves further burdened by cuts and now reeling from the impact of a Tory government, Conned once again by our broken electoral system. So what's the alternative? We organise. We march. We stand.

Electoral Reform and the Tyranny of the Majority

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

In a straightforward battle of first past the post versus proportional representation, voters will make their decision based on self-interest. The tyranny of the majority, and thus the first past the post system, will inevitably prevail, as it did so convincingly in the 2011 referendum.

Emperor El-Sisi's New Clothes

Toby Cadman | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Toby Cadman

Now, it is more necessary that ever for a courageous member of the international community to stand up, defend its convictions, overcome the fear and loudly cry "but he is wearing clothes made of atrocities", as that innocent little child did on the tale.

Letter to the Young

Aaron Vallely | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Aaron Vallely

Settled I was, in the dim of a Café in the gut of Dublin City. I was navigating myself through the torrent of Facebook status' on my phone, when I no...

Not Your Stereotypical Ukip Member

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

I'm writing this article on May 25th, one year to the day from the announcement of the election result, when I was elected as UKIP's first ever North East Member of the European Parliament. Given the criticism from many people about UKIP's work in the European Parliament, I thought I'd write about what I actually do.

Less Expletives and More Ideas: How Protests Could Be a Little More Democratic

Charley Bendall | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charley Bendall

It only takes one riled individual setting fire to something they shouldn't to tarnish the entire group. Appearing on the news that night, their cause is lost in a story about out-of-control rebels in violent disarray. If you are that individual, it's simple: leave the spray paint, the petrol and the expletive laden placards at home, and come up with something more purposeful to chant.

The People's Assembly March: A Celebration of Democracy

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

This march is an invitation for people to gather together and exchange ideas, to show solidarity for those suffering the ills of austerity and to exercise their democratic rights. On the 20th June, there will be an important march in London. I hope that all those sympathetic to the cause will get involved and help celebrate the democratic rights that we are so fortunate to enjoy.

The Dilemma for Labour: Authenticity or Electability?

John Bunzl | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

While commentators from both Right and Left continue to encourage the false belief that social democracy is still possible in the national context, the public's confusion and its disaffection with politics can only worsen. Meanwhile, I'll be working with our MPs to deepen parliament's and citizens' understanding of the need for global solutions. We'll let you know how we get on.

Did the Conservatives Really Win the General Election?

Adriano Mérola Marotta | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
Adriano Mérola Marotta

Since the Conservative party "won" the UK general election on May 7th, people have taken to the streets across the UK in a defiant display of disenchantment with the electoral system and the austerity consensus of the major political parties. The prospect of 5 more years of crippling austerity has prompted many to reclaim the future of UK politics.

Justice Delayed and Denied

Noam Schimmel | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Noam Schimmel

The conclusions of the study will provide Germany with the information needed to reflect upon how and why such injustice was allowed and sustained for decades and to ensure better mechanisms for human rights accountability now and in the future in the German legal system. It will also enable a necessary public discussion of how this failure to prosecute and punish can be addressed at such a late date.

If I Were the Mayor of London

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

I have over the last few years become angry at a minor elite in politics, pushing out the regular person, the little guy. So I have decided to throw my hat in and try and be selected as the Conservative candidate for London Mayor.

Why Are Politicians More Worried About Migration Than Education?

Mark Hillary | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

This is an enormous debate and affects countries far beyond the UK, but the recent UK election demonstrates clearly how the public are losing faith in a traditional approach to politics. Democracy can be difficult for most politicians to swallow, but if they don't listen to the people it's going to choke them all.

A Letter to David Cameron

Stephen Fear | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Fear

Dear Mr Cameron... I write firstly to congratulate you on your election victory which in my opinion was won on the back of the very excellent job that you and George Osborne did in repairing our shattered economy.

The Danger of Trying to Police Britishness

Bob Morgan | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Theresa May and David Cameron say the Queen's Speech will contain proposals to limit the 'harmful activities' of extremists and to promote 'British values' and to stop activities that would undermine democracy. As simplistic political rhetoric it sounds a very obvious and desirable thing to do. Who can argue against that idea? But - it could be damaging to the very thing it is intended to protect.