UK Democracy

Some Thoughts on Encouraging Reflective Self-Critique for Human Rights Activists & Advocates and Seekers of Social Justice

Noam Schimmel | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Noam Schimmel

I find myself asking these questions and being concerned with the issues they raise in relation to my human rights advocacy and social change efforts and those of others.

Corbyn's PMQs Debut: How He Went Out for a Cheeseburger and Ended Up in the Ritz

Georgina Edwards | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

What encapsulates all of Corbyn's shortcomings in yesterday's PMQs is a lack of drive and ambition. He seems quite content to remain as a critic, rather than a leader, to react, rather than seize initiative, and to create a socialist movement, rather than a socialist country. He is Labour's accidental leader. As if he went out in search for a Cheeseburger and ended up dining at the Ritz.

Democracy in Action? Perish the Thought

Darren Hall | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Politics
Darren Hall

Irrespective of whether there is a direct causal link to policy changes in the UK, evidence of homelessness would seem to indicate there is a growing problem. By evidence I mean I can see it with my own eyes. There are many more sleeping rough in Bristol this year than last.

Why Corbyn Is Right To Not Sing the National Anthem

Banseka Kayembe | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Politics
Banseka Kayembe

Recently, Jeremy Corbyn's respectful silence during a service to mark the 75th anniversary of the battle of Britain, was met with widespread criticism. As though some how not respecting The Queen is a more offensive image to people, than the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing unimaginable terror and war...

There's No Such Thing as Debate in the European Parliament

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

How many MEPs, I wonder, have even failed to spot what is staring us in the face on a daily basis: that there is no such thing as debate in the European Parliament?

Gawd Save Jeremy Corbyn: The Trivialisation of Politics Has Only Just Begun

Tom Conrad | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Conrad

Jeremy didn't feel by singing an anthem in praise of an unelected monarch you show respect for those who fought fascism - in a sense you contradict their bravery by supporting this deeply undemocratic, anachronistic anomaly.

Attention All Liberals and Scaremongers: The Human Rights Act is a Piece of Parchment

Georgina Edwards | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

I'm pretty sure that a piece of parchment in the HOC library wasn't much of a deterrent anyway. Please learn the difference between your human rights, and the Human Rights Act. Or I will take them from you. Kidding.

TTIP: A Double Edged Sword?

Ciara Kelleher | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Politics
Ciara Kelleher

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is an exciting new prospect for 2016. It is a proposed free trade agreement between the United Stat...

Can Civil Society Be 'Agile'?

Darren Hall | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Politics
Darren Hall

It is widely accepted that in order to stay ahead in business these days, one must be agile. That is to say, the most successful organisations have the foresight and capability to see what is coming over the horizon and adapt quickly enough to make the most of it. Few would say the same of politics or the public sector.

House of Lords - To Elect or Not to Elect?

Salome Verrell | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Politics
Salome Verrell

Should the Lords become an elected chamber? Partly-elected perhaps but fully elected and we could end up with the same political game-playing and circus entertainment we often get with the House of Commons? Is that democracy? The public seem very discontent with politicians so why are we calling for more by having the Lords electable?

Punishing Dissent: Whistle-blowing Is Inconvenient But Must Be Protected

James Coe | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Politics
James Coe

Whistle-blowing is perhaps the greatest safeguard to the rule of law, it is a fundamental part of how democracy works.

Burma Elections: Transition to Democracy and the Future of the Rohingya

Hugo Swire | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

2015 could be the most important year in Burma's recent history. The November general elections are the litmus test for the reform process which began in 2011. Successful elections would consolidate a remarkable, peaceful transition from dictatorship.

I'm Not 'Another Myth Put About By Pro-Europeans'

Ella Marshall | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Marshall

If you still disagree with votes at 16, I dare you to label my peers and I as childish as we assemble and organise ourselves. In your conviction you won't be aware of the campaign's success until we are queuing up outside the polling station with you.

Giving Tips to the Powerful: No Pledge for Youth Without Youth

One Young World | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

The OECD suggests that young people are more likely to experience poverty than their parents. It is precisely facts like this that set alarm bells ringing: youth must be included in decision-making.

A Corbyn Victory Would Be Disastrous for Democracy

David Browne | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Politics
David Browne

With the deadline for Labour leadership voters to register having now passed and ballots almost ready to be issued, the only question left is who the winner will be, and whether this will be former outsider Jeremy Corbyn. If he does win it will be bad not just for Labour, but for democracy as a whole.

Don't Send the Queen to the Guillotine: A Bungalow Will Do

Matthew Bevington | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Politics
Matthew Bevington

56p might not sound like much. If you follow the Royals' interpretation of their cost to the state, it's practically negligible. How lucky we are to b...

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.