UK Democracy

Better Together: Democracy Wins Today

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Whilst Plato had rather unflattering views of democracy, believing the wise philosopher should rule the state, this is what we have and is far better than any other method of rule we see in the world today. The onus is on We the People to make it work.

Maryam al-Khawaja - A Princess of Democracy Imprisoned in Bahrain

Alastair Sloan | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

The news is worrying. Maryam faces charges of insulting the King, assaulting an official (authorities say there was a scuffle when they took Maryam's phone, from which she was tweeting her experience), and running an organisation which named officials who had tortured political prisoners. She could face a long sentence.

Scotland Has the Chance to Take Control of its Destiny: Who Are We to Tell Them No?

Jack McSweeney | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jack McSweeney

As far as the English people are concerned, a Scottish split ought to mobilise a much-needed look closer to home, where the skewed political and economic landscape of a London-centric England shows a growing need to address our own socio-economic problems. Perhaps the collected counties of Northern England ought to demand a similar referendum; try telling the average northerner that their voice is heard down in Westminster.

The Case for an English Parliament Is About to Become Unanswerable - The Left Should Support It

Paul Embery | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

The Left should be out of the blocks quickly when the debate over devolution for England begins in earnest after the probable no vote next Thursday. And we should shape the campaign for a new settlement in our own image - an image that draws on every democratic and radical movement England has produced from the Levellers and Diggers to the Chartists, from the early Christian socialists to the Jarrow marchers, from Tolpuddle to the Suffragettes, from Wat Tyler to the pioneers of the New Unionism.

Owen Jones Conspires Against The Establishment

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

Owen Jones uses an impressive amount of official government data to present what some critics have predictably deemed a conspiracy theory. Such an obvious and flattering denunciation only proves what we already know: Jones has the establishment clutching at their golden little straws.

Brexit Can Be a Moderate Proposition

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Lindsell

As British exit becomes more likely, all interest groups should consider the merits and drawbacks of leaving the EU and how they should be addressed. Questions of free trade, Britain's stance on the world stage and domestic policy can all be overcome. It's best that they're overcome together.

If Ukip Wins a Westminster Seat Next Month, Nigel Farage Cannot Be Excluded From TV Debates at the General Election?

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

If Carswell is reelected next month, we can definitively say that we have a four-party system in the UK. At every level other than General Elections, Ukip has been in third place or better. If UKIP wins a Westminster seat next month, on what basis can Nigel Farage really be excluded from any televised leaders' debates at the General Election?

The Assault on George Galloway

John Wight | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

The assault suffered by George Galloway in broad daylight in a west London street recently was an attack on democracy. Though some might wish it were not the case, Mr Galloway is a Member of Parliament with a mandate to articulate the views he does on issues at home and abroad.

Scotland Decides- But Decides What?

Bradley Allsop | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

I can't help but feel that we haven't seen the idea of Scottish independence properly debated, merely Salmonds poorly thought out vision put under an uncomfortable level of scrutiny.

Democracy Reborn- Solving Disengagement

Bradley Allsop | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The reason people are disillusioned with politics is because it no longer affords people the level of control they seek- our hunger for change has outgrown the systems flexibility for it. Our democracy has grown complacent and stale, and we must act to breathe life into it once more

Who Needs a Constitution When UK Politics Is in Such Good Shape?

Graham Allen | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Graham Allen

Parliament's Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, which I chair, has been doing just that by working over the past five years on a project with King's College London to develop several visions of what a democratic settlement for the United Kingdom could look like.

America's Identity Crisis

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Jon-Christopher Bua

As the global landscape rapidly changes Americans are re-examining their role in the world... America and its people may be battle weary of shouldering the cost and the burden of "keeping" or as some may say "disrupting" world peace - it is after all a weighty responsibility to be so engaged.

Intervention Was Not the Cause of Libya's Woes - Quite the Opposite

James Snell | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Libya is now in flames. This might seem to be a rather hyperbolic note on which to begin, but it is true. The country is spiralling out of control, and the city of Benghazi, the former rebel capital in the 2011 revolution against the dictatorship of Colonel Gaddafi, has reportedly been captured by Islamist militants and declared an 'Islamic emirate'.

Dreams and Fairytales of Democracy

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Growing up, I had a very simplistic view of the word 'democracy'. In history lessons, I'd learned about the past and how nations had been ruled by kings, queens or dictators. I was proud to live in a country where decisions weren't taken for us by one person, but where we the people could choose our own future. What an amazing, childish dream!

The Political Cost of Economic Mismanagement

John Mills | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

The extent to which the UK and most of the rest of the Western world are currently mismanaging our economies clearly has a huge financial cost. In the longer term, however, the political cost will be even greater than the economic price - unless we see radical changes in policy. The failure of the West to deliver a reasonable economic performance - combined with the related problem of widespread inability to get difficult decisions taken - has led an increasingly large number of people across the world to consider whether more authoritarian of running modern diversified economies might work better than those based on liberal democracy.

Shamefully, the Western World Has Failed the People of Syria

James Snell | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Despite the existence of other international crises, the civil war in Syria and its effects remain. Three years on from the beginning of protests against the dictatorial rule of President Assad, the original struggle for greater rights in a tyrannical state has morphed into an armed revolution.

Stand Up Against Austerity

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Despite being one of the richest in the world, ours is a country where 1 in 6 children and 1 in 3 disabled people live in poverty... For George Osborne, austerity is the Only Answer... the rich are getting richer. But for most working families, life keeps getting harder.

Picking Your Enemies

Katie Welsford | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Politics
Katie Welsford

Since their removal from power this time last year, the Muslim Brotherhood has constantly been the focus of Egyptian headlines. But when, in early April, Downing Street ordered an inquiry into the group's 'philosophy, origins and activities', it entered the UK domestic political scene too...

The Political Apathy Myth: How Young People are Redefining Political Engagement

Danny Bartlett | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bartlett

Political apathy is a term usually associated with youth. Whether it's low voter turnout, disengagement from democratic processes or the lack of knowledge to make informed decisions, young people have been identified as the one demographic seemingly beyond saving.

Juncker! Juncker! Stick It Up Your Jumper!

Adrian Hilton | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics
Adrian Hilton

"I am more confident than ever that I will be the next European Commission President," tweeted former Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker on 4 June. Quite how he knew with such certainty so far in advance of the EU's elected national leaders is something of a mystery. Until, that is, you consider the continuing dominance of the Franco-German axis in the European Union...

Indonesia Is at a Crossroads - Its Future as a Pluralistic Democracy Hangs in the Balance

Benedict Rogers | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Benedict Rogers

It is not for me, as a foreigner, to tell Indonesians how to vote on 9 July. The choice of President is one for the people of Indonesia to make. But, if I were an Indonesian, it's clear where my sympathies would lie...

It's Time for Prince Charles to Join Twenty-First Century

Prem Sikka | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Prem Sikka

The duchy has to comply with the UK employment and health and safety laws. It collects and pays VAT on its turnover. This compliance gives it the appearance of a public organisation, subject to the laws applicable to everyone else. At the same time, its ancient privileges enable it to function as a state within a state.

Politics Is for All, So Let's Make Sure Everyone's Vote Matters

Rick Henderson | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Rick Henderson

We'd all like to believe that we live in a democratic society in which the needs and opinions of everyone are considered, regardless of gender, age or social status. But is this actually reflected in our political system?

The Threat of Russian Expansionism Is Not Over

James Snell | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, Russia has been its own nation, but one which sought to exert the same influence on nearby countries as it did in its previous incarnation. President Putin, a former official in the sinister KGB, well schooled in the police state methodology, seeks to replicate this today...

Extremist Groups Are Using Social Media Strategically

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Tech
Ruwayda Mustafah

In using social media efficiently, ISIS attracts sympathisers globally and maximises its amplification. Unlike previous terrorist organisations who were only given a platform by mainstream media outlets and had to adhere to mainstream media's narrative and political frameworks -- ISIS now operate in an entirely unregulated social media platform that gives them sufficient room to manipulate potential sympathisers.