UK Democracy

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?

Sharing Election Articles: Dos and Don'ts

Thomas H. Brand | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Thomas H. Brand

So, it's time to face another election. And you know what that means? The Social Media Armchair Electioneering has begun!

Imagining Marine Le Pen Elected? 'I Find It Horrendous', WW2 Résistant Says

J.N. Paquet | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

When a WW2 Resistant tells a newspaper that in French politics, Le Pen represents the negation of all that the Resistance fought for and calls on everyone to vote Emmanuel Macron next Sunday.

Want A Better Democracy? We Need Better Democratic Processes First

Josh Dell | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Politics
Josh Dell

This will be the third UK-wide poll in as many years, and despite the efforts of many campaigners and non-governmental organisations there is still much work to be done, if we are to ensure citizens are registered and able to play an active role in democracy.

Why Not Everybody Should Be Encouraged To Vote

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK Politics
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

I am deeply concerned at some of the ridiculous priorities that lie behind the motivation for some votes. You may have a right to vote on the basis of the colour of your passport but just because you can doesn't mean you should.

Why Our Right To Vote Is The Key To Global Justice

John Bunzl | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

If there's one thing global justice activists have given up on, it's the vote. With citizens losing faith in party politics and Green parties far from power, over the past few decades activists and campaigners have increasingly turned to other tools like lobbying, protesting, occupying, petitioning and direct action.

MPs Are The Unsung Heroes Of British Democracy

Skylar Baker-Jordan | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Politics
Skylar Baker-Jordan

This attack was an attack on British democracy, and British democracy is nothing without those who serve the public. Yesterday showed the worst of humanity, but it showed the best of British public servants. As they sat under attack, not knowing whether or not they were safe, most thought not of themselves but of the country and citizens they serve.

Labour Leads The Charge In The Fight For Democracy

Sam Coleman | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Sam Coleman

Once the British people realise this and realise that they are being duped by the current government, they will look for an alternative flag barer for this great nation. No matter your opinion of Labour's leadership or current selection of MPs, you cannot deny that in places like Bexhill, up and down the country, it is the local Labour Councillors and constituency party members that are rallying the charge for democracy and fairness.

Stopping The Far Right At The Ballot Box Is Only Half The Battle - We Must Also Ensure Mainstream Parties Do Not Adopt Their Rhetoric

Basit Mahmood | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Basit Mahmood

We must make clear that our votes and support should not be taken for granted, that we are unwilling to act as mere bystanders in a race to the bottom. For a failure to do so means that the far right has won, irrespective of whether they win on election day.

Democracy Is Under Yet Another Threat, With Left-Wing Parties Calling For The Curbing - Or Even Banning - The Use Of Referenda

Diane James MEP | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Diane James MEP

I am a democrat, and one of my major motivations supporting Brexit has been to bring back decision-making to the UK away from the unelected and unaccountable officials in Brussels. Unlike the Left, which wishes to maintain the wall between the rulers and the ruled, I will always defend and encourage the greater use of referenda and will always respect the result.