UK Democracy

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.

Now the PM Can Deal With His 'Regret' Over Lack of Lords Reform

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

The public won't settle for half-way house Lords reform. If the government is serious about dealing with the 'constitutional crisis' our democracy is in, they should ensure the public get a say at last in who represents us in the upper chamber.

Democracy Matters - We Need a Debate on Devolution

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

If you've not been following the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill going through Parliament at the moment, you're not the only one. But something exciting is happening this weekend that can finally get the public stuck into the debate.

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.