UK Democracy

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.

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.