UK Democracy

Trade Unions Should Wake Up and Realise the EU Is No Friend of Workers

Paul Embery | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

Many union leaders favour staying in. But the wider movement is far from united on the question. Two unions have already endorsed a 'leave' vote, and a sizeable number of rank-and-file trade unionists want out.

We Need to Get Together to Deliver Electoral Reform

Natalie Bennett | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The arguments for a political system that's genuinely democratic, that produces a government reflecting the will of the people that encourages a more constructive, effective politics are overwhelmingly strong. Britain needs to do this. It needs to do it soon. That requires parties, campaigners - the people - to get together and demand the change. Today's one step in that process.

The Upcoming TV Debates in Wales Need to Include All Six Parties

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 31.01.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

It would be wrong for broadcasters in Wales to exclude the Greens and Ukip. Their support has grown significantly since the last Assembly elections. And both parties are in the race to secure their first Assembly Members this May. It's only right that they should face the scrutiny of the public and other parties.

How the Labour Party Can Win at Digital

Ed Dowding | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Ed Dowding

Yesterday, Tom Watson MP launched the Labour party's new digital initiative to explore ways improve the party can interact with members, supporters, a...

I Want to Leave the EU Because I LOVE Europe and I LOVE Immigration

Georgina Edwards | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

You might conclude from this article that I'm a closet Little 'Englander, but I firmly believe that I'm a little 'Europer. So vote leave, protect roast dinners, French toast, Belgian chocolate and Danish pastries.

Stay or Go, Europe's Democratic Deficit Must Be Tackled

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

With a New Year and the holiday season coming to an end, the EU referendum campaign is heating up. But since our membership of European Union is a crucial constitutional issue, there's one issue that can't be ignored: democracy.

Jeremy Corbyn Is Exposing Britain's Lack of Democracy

Joseph Finlay | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

The election of Jeremy Corbyn has been seen as a swing to the left in the Labour party - as a majority of members and registered supporters put the nails in the coffin of the New Labour project. But it may have as much to do with a call for greater democracy - something that the British political establishment has long been deeply suspicious of.

Could Government by Referendum Ever Be Made to Work?

Matt Hawkins | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

If major policies of government were decided by a referendum of the public we wouldn't be bombing Syria, we'd stay in the EU (by our fingernails), Bri...

An Illiberal Tide Is Sweeping Across Europe

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

The World War II defeat of fascism ushered Europe into an era where liberal democracy became the undisputed political ideology. West Germany became an...

I Support Air Strikes and I Don't Know Why

Georgina Edwards | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

Our country's history plainly shows that the long term consequences of doing nothing in the face of fascism are far more significant than the short term comforts of retreating into isolation. So while air strikes may seem like an overly expensive, dangerous and risky gesture of solidarity for France and the other innocents who have died at the hands of ISIS, as I've attempted to show, there is no real alternative...

Rwanda: Kagame Third Term - Popular Support but a Wary Ruling Party

Dr Phil Clark | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Phil Clark

On 8 October 2015, Rwanda's Supreme Court ruled that Paul Kagame could run for a third presidential term in 2017, dismissing the opposition Democratic...

Are You One of the Missing Million?

Martha Dalton | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics
Martha Dalton

Whether or not you're registered to vote probably isn't something you spend a lot of time worrying about. That's fair enough, it isn't always up there with life's great stresses. But today the Government is publishing its latest register of voters and, if you're not on it, that could be a problem for you.

Cameron and Osborne's First Defeat of this Parliament: Tax Credits are also the Basis for the Tory Bogus 'Self-Employment' Vehicle, and the Wheels are Coming Off

Christian Garland | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

George Osborne's defeat over proposed cuts to Tax Credits in the last week of October is the first major defeat for the Cameron government, and as such it is also a significant puncturing of its inflated hubris and wholly imaginary 'mandate'.

This Wednesday, We Have a Chance to Put PR on the Agenda in Westminster

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

At the crux of the issue is this: multi-party politics is here to stay, but our old-fashioned two-party system can't cope with the choices of modern voters. We clearly need a much fairer voting system.

Huge Expectations as Burma Waits

Meg Munn | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

I arrived in Burma the day the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, was officially declared to have won the general election....

The Autumn Statement - Midwinter for Democracy

Byron Taylor | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Politics
Byron Taylor

They often call our Parliament the Mother of all Parliaments. Our democracy is said to be the oldest in the world. We pride ourselves on our sense of 'fair play'. But that democracy is under unprecedented attack as this Government fixes the system to help keep the Tories in Government for a generation.

Citizens Want a Say on Devolution

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

There is a real potential for a new way of doing things - that instead of devolution being a stitch-up between local and national politicians, we can have engagement from citizens to bring new insights and new ideas into the debate.

Not Just a Game

Helen Chandler | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Politics
Helen Chandler

Earlier this week I was playing Ludo with my six year old daughter. She was beating me hands down, and at one point landed on my last hope counter and...

Burma: There's More to Democracy Than Elections

Alistair Burnett | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Despite the encouraging noises since Sunday's election, the constitution entrenches military influence in the political system. A quarter of seats in parliament are reserved for officers and the National Defence and Security Council retains the power to remove the government. Then - perhaps surprisingly to many - there is growing doubt about Aung San Suu Kyi herself.

From the Ballot Box to the Front Bench: How UK Youth Parliament Is Reshaping UK Democracy

Freya Pigott | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Pigott

Friday's event will be a real eye opener for many, introducing them to the work of the UK Youth Parliament and showing them the platform we have created. For the young people across the UK it will show them just how much their voices matter, and how desperate we are for them to be heard. But most of it all it's vital for democracy in the UK. When such a large portion of the population often go unnoticed, it's time we stood up for them.

Yorkshire Citizens Want a Stronger Northern Powerhouse

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

At its heart, the project challenges the myth that people are disengaged from politics. When they are given the chance to assess and meaningfully discuss local issues, they jump at it.

These Unprecedented Attacks Against Jeremy Corbyn Have Exposed British Democracy As a Sham

John Wight | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

The British Establishment and its flunkies are really not handling this experiment in democracy very well when it comes to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party.

Myanmar: Punishing Dissent

James Coe | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
James Coe

As the world's magnifying glass increasingly hones in on this once obscure country, it is likely that scrutiny of its human rights record will only intensify.

Momentum: Building the Labour Movement

Nadine Houghton | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
Nadine Houghton

If there is the slightest hope that Momentum can invigorate the Labour movement, build an inclusive space for discussion, education and action which ultimately aims to end the austerity agenda of the Tories then from where I'm standing we've got nothing to lose.

Revealed: The True Scale of Opposition to Our Unelected Lords

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

Just a day after the government announced their 'rapid review' into the powers of the upper chamber, the full extent of opposition to our unreformed House of Lords has been revealed.