UK Democracy

The Junior Doctors' Contract Issue Is Political

Layth Hanbali | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Politics
Layth Hanbali

If the government continues to disregard society's needs and people's welfare, junior doctors should bring it down. Over the past few days, one of th...

Why Hillary Is Not the Answer to America's Problems

Matt Monk | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Monk

There have been thousands of articles pumped out over the course of the Democratic primary telling us of the 'dangers' of Bernie Sanders. These articles tend to skim over some key points that I find vital to the decision making of Americans voting in these primaries. Let's break some myths.

Lebanon: Local Elections Represent a Chance for Change

Meg Munn | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Meg Munn

Lebanon is in the middle of a crisis. The proximity of fighting and the influx of refugees is challenging. Nonetheless proper political processes should be in place and holding successful local elections would be an important step for the country. While support to Lebanon to manage the refugee crisis and the defence issues is vital the international community should also encourage the development of local democratic institutions.

We Want a London Youth Mayor!

Mete Coban | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mete Coban

The future of our city lies in our hands.

The Ugly Self-Actualisation of the NUS

David Browne | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

It should now be clearer than ever that the NUS has very little intention of taking the responsibilities that would come with being "the definitive national voice in students" - whether through the candidates it elects to speak on behalf of all students...

Which London Mayor Candidate Are You Most Like?

Ed Dowding | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics
Ed Dowding

What does a modern democracy look like? Imagine if rather than sitting on the tube checking Facebook you spent a few minutes each week voting on issue...

Citizens' Assemblies Show That We Can do Politics Differently in the UK

Katie Ghose | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

The Citizens' Assemblies are a serious, evidence-based foundation for meaningfully involving citizens in influencing policy - with potential to reach those who are most disconnected from formal politics, provided recruitment can be got right.

Getting the 'Missing Millions' on to the Register: An All-Party Vision for Voter Registration Reform

Chloe Smith | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics
Chloe Smith

There remain significant disparities in registration levels between different demographics, for example, between those in social housing or private rented accommodation and owner-occupiers, or between older voters and 18-24s; up to a third of whom may not be registered. And we must remember that the gap between those who are eligible to vote, and those who have their names on the register, is growing. It's vitally important that politicians of all parties work together to address this issue. I believe this can be done through dedicated education efforts, and by continuing to prioritise the issue by stressing what needs to be achieved

The EU's Contempt for Nation-State Democracy and Its Citizens' Choices

Charlie Evans | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

For our democracy, and the UK is the greatest democracy on the planet despite some of the electoral unfairness, then we must vote to leave in June.

Women's Political Participation - 20 Years on From Beijing

Meg Munn | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

A determination to capitalise on good practice to develop comprehensive methods of supporting greater participation of women in all aspects of political life could begin to see significant improvements across OSCE countries and beyond.

I Shouldn't Have to Force My University to Be Accountable to Its Students

Rebecca Pinnington | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Pinnington

No one should have to force them into being accountable; this should be a decision they make freely with the students' interests at heart - if there's one thing my case can achieve, I hope it's the beginnings of a more democratic and considerate university.

The Undemocratic EU Explained - It Will Never Change

Matthew Ellery | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Politics
Matthew Ellery

The EU is a highly undemocratic organisation ratcheting more and more power with every passing day. It is impervious to public opinion. The people who matter in the law-making process are unelected and therefore unaccountable...

Snooper's Charter Step One in Silencing a Free Press

David Mooney | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
David Mooney

Something's gone wrong when a Bill is so comfortably passed because it's not in any of the members' interests to see it rejected. 281 MPs want to know who's saying what and what you're up to. And the opposition stood and watched while democracy died a little on the inside.

Joy Karega and the Fallacy of Freedom of Speech

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK
Dr. Michael Laitman

When someone says, "Muslims are..." or "Blacks are...," that person is immediately categorized as an Islamophobe or a racist. But when someone says, "...

Why Britain Should Scrap Democracy in Favour of Sortition

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

If campaigning for a Brexit with Vote Leave has taught me anything this year, it is that democracy isn't all that it is made out to be. Horse-shoein...

So... What Would a Reformed EU Actually Look Like?

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

Here are 8 things the UK can do - on our own - to democratically reform the EU if Britain votes to stay in...

Getting It Right: Voter Registration Lessons For The UK

Oliver Sidorczuk | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Politics
Oliver Sidorczuk

In Britain, we have a serious, growing problem with the health of our democracy. Yet policy-makers have systematically failed to look beyond our shores and undertake even a basic search for the available solutions to our problems.

Religion and Secular Liberalism Should Enrich Each Other in a Modern Democracy

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Ignorance of others in a pluralist democracy is a big enemy. In recent decades the lack of religious literacy in Europe is becoming ever more evident....

Welsh Politics Needs a Demcoratic Renewal

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

With the Wales Bill making its way through Westminster, the ERS are laying down a challenge for parties to get behind proposals for revitalising democracy in Wales, with the launch of 'Breathing New Life into Politics'. It's the first of three manifestos being published ahead of May's Assembly elections.

The EU's Status as Europe's Peacekeeper Is an Insulting Myth

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

Achieving ever-closer-union, as it foreshadowed, has been the driving force behind the gradual (and often forceful) assimilation of law, currency and culture across the European continent. To many, it seemed a wonderful way of enhancing international cooperation, and promoting both peace and unity.

If This Is Democracy, It Stinks

Jonathan Guy | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Guy

Recently, I had cause to register an objection about a planning application for a proposed development on the other side of the town in which I live. ...

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...