UK Democracy

When Can I Vote 'No' To More Referendums?

Alan Grant | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

The year 2013-14 came with a reputation building licence for many who were trying to break into Scottish politics. Amidst the febrile atmosphere of the referendum, individuals from both sides, who were previously only known to political anoraks, became household names. Since then, Scottish politics has been infused with new talent, of varying degrees of quality, by incorporating those who stood up, spoke out, and helped make their case during those dramatic days

Joshua Wong, Alex Chow, Nathan Law: Hong Kong's Icons Of Democracy And The Struggle For Freedom

Benedict Rogers | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Benedict Rogers

I lived in Hong Kong for the first five years after its handover to China. I know Hong Kong's political prisoners Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Cho...

Mental Health And Politicians: A Job Where The Usual Rules Don't Apply

James Weinberg | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Politics
James Weinberg

We have the 'pictures [of politicians] in our heads', as Walter Lippmann put it, but many of the crises in democratic engagement and participation tod...

This Is More Than A Fight To Protect Our Environment, This Is A Struggle For Democracy

Imogen Smith | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Smith

For the whole month of July, anti-fracking action has been taking place at a site just up the road where, after an appeal by company Cuadrilla, fracking has been licensed. Since January 2017 work to start drilling for this source of unconventional gas has begun, with much local resistance.

The Next General Election Must Be About Voting Reform

Reece Stafferton | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Reece Stafferton

Ensuring everybody is represented through proportional representation, in every area of the UK, is essential in crafting a world-leading democracy, accordant politicians, and successful campaigns. It can only serve all of us well. If anybody doubts such a change can happen, know there's isn't change without hope and those willing to fight for it.

Ten Steps To Anarchism

Carne Ross | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics
Carne Ross

I used to believe in "the system": the political and economic structure of what we might call western democracy and capitalism. I worked for it: for many years, I was a diplomat for my country. I resigned from government over the Iraq war. I began a political journey. I no longer believed in the system I represented. But what would work instead? To my great surprise, I came to think that anarchism is the answer.

Democracy In The Time Of Brexit

Federico Moscogiuri | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Politics
Federico Moscogiuri

There are few things as important to our society, and our nation, as democracy. That is right and proper, because a country whose people are unable to periodically choose their leaders and - importantly - hold them to account beckons dictatorship, and dictatorship leads to conflict, oppression and isolation.

Politicians Can't Agree On Brexit - Give The People A Say

Rob Adam | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Politics
Rob Adam

The rallying cry of 'take back control,' which inspired so many voters, will not be realised within the constraints of our Parliamentary democracy. More ambition is required. In the 18th century, Britain's Parliament redefined modern democracy; in the 21st, it can do so again.

Global Prosperity Won't Be Handed Down From Above - We Need True Grassroots Democracy To Create Lasting Change

Henrietta Moore | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics
Henrietta Moore

Since voters opted in a referendum to leave the European Union just over a year ago, Britain has been plunged into an all-consuming public debate on the rights and wrongs that has squeezed out nearly all other issues.

Voting Down Theresa May's Queen Speech Isn't Antidemocratic, It's Democracy In Action

Skylar Baker-Jordan | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Skylar Baker-Jordan

The truth is that British democracy is a weird thing. You can lose the popular vote yet still win the election. You can form a government yet be unable to govern because your opposition outvotes you. And you can triumph at the polls whilst losing in the court of public opinion. Some people will elect you; more yet may protest you.

Theresa May Should Dump Pollsters And Talk To A Chief Executive or Two for Political Tips

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Politics
Fiona Hotston Moore

Instead of pollsters, election 'gurus' and focus groups during the election, Theresa May would have done better to talk to the CEO of a successful company. Any company. She failed to grasp that politics, like business, is about passion as well as principles; and we saw precious little of either from the Government campaign.

A New Era Of Politics

Natasha Barrett | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Barrett

Things clearly need to change and I know I'm not alone in thinking this; people are beginning to put their foot down and say enough is enough. So despite my major fears for a Tory/DUP coalition, I am incredibly excited to see the positive impact of a new meaning of 'people power'. We won't let them get away with any old policies anymore!

Why I'm Not Voting On June 8

Hayley Kearney | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Politics
Hayley Kearney

I'm making this decision with a heavy heart. Whether I will regret it, time will tell. But I have to sleep at night.

A Reassuringly Conventional Election

Kerim Derhalli | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Kerim Derhalli

Like Wimbledon, major political campaigns seem to be becoming an annual fixture of British summers. Following the Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014, a general election in 2015 and the Brexit referendum in 2016, we now face another general election in 2017.

Theresa May's Deal With Donald Trump Will Harm The UK Much More Than Brexit

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

TTIP aimed to curb regulations and remove all customs duties on corporations trading between the US and the EU, as well as removing 'non-tariff trade barriers'. This broad and ill-defined term included any law, financial regulation, ethical code, health standard or environmental protection that restricted the operations of US corporations within the EU.

American Foreign Policy Cannot Be A Force For Good If It Arms Despots

Ali Reza Naraghi | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ali Reza Naraghi

Attention is focusing on over $100bn worth of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, understandably so. The Saudi dictatorship backed by the United States is given diplomatic and military cover as it razes Yemen to the ground. If you're somehow glued in the myth that the U.S. foreign policy is a force for democracy, a glance at the list of U.S. arms exports should rid you of those illusions.

Vote For Policies, Not People

Paven Sharma | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
Paven Sharma

So in this election, don't fall for the smiles, emotional appeals, and appeasement. Instead, focus on one particular issue you care about the most and vote for the party that stands for it the best.

Freedom Of The Press In Ukraine, Or Why Maidan's Democratic Legacy Needs Protection

Mikhail Yakovlev | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Mikhail Yakovlev

What worries me most is that the ongoing erosion of democratic freedoms in Ukraine seriously undermined the credibility of the Ukrainian democratic project by reversing the democratic progress made during the Maidan protests, which could force Ukraine's international allies to reconsider their support in its struggle against Russia.

Manchester Attack Fails As People Open Their Doors

Daniel Singleton | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK
Daniel Singleton

Wouldn't it be good if the lasting image of the Manchester Bombing was that homes, hotels and taxi drivers opened their doors to those who were in distress and trying to escape the horror.

The Decline Of Democracy - Why Smart People Don't Vote

Ravi Lakhani | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ravi Lakhani

I'm not saying its pointless, just that it doesn't do what you think it does. It only serves you as a comfort pill, a badge of participation and feeling like one is being represented. We're taught in classrooms that democracy brings freedom and progress; but as long as democracy is limited just to voting, it will remain a means of wielding power and keeping control, scarily akin to Orwell's 1984.

Transparency Of Party Manifestos Strengthens Democracy - Now It Is Media's Turn

Prem Sikka | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Politics
Prem Sikka

Since its publication, pundits have been pouring over the Labour manifesto with usual noises about what adds up or not and how far the party has moved to the left or otherwise. However, they have so far missed a major development which could have a lasting influence on British politics. That is the transparency of the manifesto, which is so essential for empowering citizens.

The Commonwealth Offers Hope To Voters Who Expect Credible Elections

Patricia Scotland QC | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Politics
Patricia Scotland QC

We are committed to helping all our member countries, wherever they are on their democratic journey. In doing so, we aim to justify the sense of hope and optimism which all voters deserve to feel on election day.

The CPS Decision Doesn't Prove The Tories 'Did Nothing Wrong', It Proves Our Electoral Law Is Broken

Alexandra Runswick | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics
Alexandra Runswick

Contrary to Theresa May's assertion that this proves that her party 'did nothing wrong' it more aptly demonstrates how urgently our electoral laws need reform.

We Need To Address 'Voter Apathy'

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

How far must turnout fall before we decide to take action? There needs to be a political awakening and a democratic drive by the next Government to undo this decline. Otherwise, year by year, election by election, we will slowly become a democracy in name only.

A Progressive Alliance Won't Mean Progressive Outcomes For The UK's Swinging Voters

Tom Jeffery | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Jeffery

The broader insight would seem to be that political parties are struggling to manage democracy in the way they are accustomed. In the long term, rather than narrowing our choices at the ballot box, shouldn't we have more?