UK Democracy

Unrepresentative Politics and the Subversion of Democracy

Alessandro Lanuto | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Alessandro Lanuto

The tantalising charm of opportunism, as is so often the case in politics, has supplanted the promise of democratic engagement proffered by the referendum vote. Its lessons have been ignored, as the fallout has led once again to the exclusion of the people from the political process, further reinforcing the disaffection that led to Brexit in the first place. Far from a triumph, the referendum has been a grievous subversion of democracy.

Brexit Means Brexit - But Did We Know What We Were Doing?

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jethro Shirley-Smith

They say practise makes perfect. Certainly, I find the more I practise the piano, the better I get (albeit painstakingly slowly). And I have found wa...

Trump Is a Psychopath: American Democracy or Twilight Zone?

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mohadesa Najumi

I don't blame Americans for feeling that their elections are rigged. Pundits say that Trump is fuelled by anger, but it worries me even more that no one like Trump has ever got this far.

The Only Clear Post-Brexit Message: Our Leaders Don't Care What We Think

Joanna Taylor | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Joanna Taylor

After ignoring the wishes of party members and the general public, Labour and Conservative should expect even greater increases in polarisation of Left and Right -- and shouldn't rely too heavily on the loyalty of supporters at the next general election.

Turkey, and the Real Coup Is?

Jody Sabral | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Jody Sabral

The military coup, if we can call it that was an elaborate and dramatic development that benefits one man and his supporters. When will he learn to include the other fifty percent of the country, the one that supported his rise to power because they viewed him as the best of a bad bunch believing his promises of peace and security.

Theresa May's Coronation Exposes Our Sham of a Democracy

Bradley Allsop | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

Even if Theresa May had won an outright leadership election, it would hardly have been a rigorous exercise in democracy. The party members do not get to decide who stands: you first have to be nominated by fellow MP's, and then even this lot are whittled down by the 1922 committee to just two candidates. Even then, even if absolutely any member of the Conservative Party had been able to stand unimpeded and every single member voted for one candidate, our new Prime Minister would have only been decided upon by 0.2% of the population.

May and Eagle: If Only They Cared What the Rest of Us Think

Thomas H. Brand | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Politics
Thomas H. Brand

It's so depressing, and the depression is heightened by the fact that it should be so exciting. If you asked me how I should feel at the idea of a w...

The NEC's Decisions Bode Well for Jeremy Corbyn in this Leadership Contest

Sam Harrison | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

The Establishment in the Labour Party has become entirely and dangerously detached from its activists. Hopefully, when their more purist notion of the membership returns Corbyn as leader once again, they will accept this as the verdict of the "long-serving members", acknowledge that their impressions and preconceived ideas have been wrong, and begin to unite behind the leadership against the government.

The People Are Revolting... The Beginnings of a New Kind of Democracy

Neil Gibb | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK
Neil Gibb

Angela Eagle is an old school politician, someone who has been trained to keep her attentions on the inner workings of the political machine. When the...

Democracy Requires MPs to Step Up to the Plate

Federico Moscogiuri | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Politics
Federico Moscogiuri

Democracy in this country was not built on a stiff upper lip. Our MPs are elected to consider, discuss, and take difficult decisions on behalf of all of us and in the best interests of the whole country. They cannot, in good faith, acquiesce in something that they know in their hearts to be wrong for this country and contrary to the good of society. It's time for MPs to stop the infighting, roll up their sleeves and step up to the plate.

Brexit: The Case for Illegitimacy

Gerard Delanty | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Gerard Delanty

In the face of a grave economic crisis and what now has all the signs of a crisis of governability, it is vital that parliament debates and votes on the outcome of the referendum on the grounds that its unanticipated consequences being detrimental to the national interest.

If You Must March; Do It For Unity, Not the Union

Max Sanderson | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Max Sanderson

I know I'm not the only one who has allowed the last two weeks to wash over me like a nightmarish blur. Shutting my eyes and hoping to awake from this miserable slumber. But alas, I don't. And we won't. And we shouldn't. And here's why.

They Work for You: Monitoring Parliament and Why It's Worth It

Loren Treisman | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Loren Treisman

It's hard to trust our leaders. Across the globe, the gap between rich and poor is widening while seldom a week passes without a political figure or big brand being exposed for avoiding tax, involvement in corrupt practices or making decisions that blatantly work against the public good.

Labour Party Putsch: The Traitors' Dilemma

Rob Atkinson | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Atkinson

The die is cast, the ringleaders are known, their motives are nakedly obvious for all to see. The Parliamentary Labour Party coup, conceived months ago to be hatched when the timing was right, has not gone well so far. Firstly, several previous anticipated opportunities have failed to materialise. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour was fancied to lose the Oldham by-election, but it held the seat and the plotters, poised quivering and eager to pounce, had to slink frustrated back into the undergrowth.

How Our Mainstream Media Failed Democracy

Professor Steven Barnett | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Steven Barnett

Our mainstream media failed spectacularly. Led, inevitably, by the viscerally anti-EU Mail, Sun, Express and Telegraph papers, most of our national press indulged in little more than a catalogue of distortions, half-truths and outright lies: a ferocious propaganda campaign in which facts and sober analysis were sacrificed to the ideologically driven objectives of editors and their proprietors.

To End In-Party Squabbling, Here's My 'Tongue-in-cheek' Election Reform

Beth Burks | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Beth Burks

Apply like the rest of us apply for jobs. The deadline for a new PM is September 8th which is 10 weeks away. Unfortunately, none of you are allowed t...

Brexit Highlights How Broken British Democracy Really Is

Andrew Keith Walker | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Keith Walker

The arcane nature of British democracy has, over the last 60 years, delivered one electoral minority after another into the corridors of power. It's led to a situation where no matter how many of us vote, we get a result that rewards people who wouldn't win in any other situation where the principle of "we'll do what the majority of people want" applies.

Brexit's Causes Are Global - So Are the Solutions

John Bunzl | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

Whether it's the Left's concerns about multinationals not paying fair taxes and the lack of funding for public services, or the Right's about immigration, poverty and feelings of cultural alienation, both are symptoms of unregulated globalization: destructive global competition.

It's Not All About EU: Why We Need to Make Voting More Attractive to Young People

Joe Levenson | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Levenson

What goes down should also be able to go up, and it's not too long ago that younger people's turnout was so much higher than now. But the longer that disengagement goes on, the harder it's likely to be to reverse, and reversing it also means understanding why this is happening in many other countries and where progress is being made.

How Brexit Has Crippled TTIP

Adam Hamdy | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Reports coming out of Brussels and Washington suggest that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, otherwise known as TTIP, has been crippled, possibly killed, by Brexit. Informed sources suggest that TTIP will be parked until Britain's Article 50 negotiations have been completed and that there is now a possibility that the deal will never be concluded.

Leaving the EU - What Now for the Younger Generation?

Johnny Luk | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Johnny Luk

As times go by, it will be up to us to become more prominent, not just through protest, but through engagement in politics, to shun the pressure of a 'post-truth era' and who knows - in the future, we might well re-join, or forge another club - led by us.

Petitions and the Curse of Crowdsplaining

Gabriel Webber | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

Petitions are one of the worst forms of 'crowdsplaining' and they really annoy me. I don't know whether they're so irksome because they're utterly useless, or because if they actually worked they'd be so detrimental to reasoned democracy.

A EUlogy: Parting Words as Britain Votes to Leave

Harvey Wilks | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Harvey Wilks

You know those mornings where you wake up so hungover that, in the space between lifting your head off the pillow and clambering upright, it's totally necessary to spend three to ten minutes perched on the side of the bed, shoulders limp and frowning at the skirting boards? I'm pretty sure that's what a lot of us felt at dawn on Friday.

Britain Needs More Democracy After the EU Referendum, Not Less

Tom Jeffery | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Jeffery

In 'The Economics of Happiness', the Swiss professor Bruno S Frey argues that over 600 referenda have contributed to the happiness of his fellow citiz...

I Voted Leave, I'm Scared, And I Don't Know What Brexit Looks Like - But At Least We're Going in the Right Direction

Georgina Edwards | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

I'm not going to claim we're out of the woods yet; there's a long way to go till the fruits of independence are laid bare. For starters, we're certainly not going to be spending that phantom £350million anytime soon (if it even proves to exist). But seeing people write off a historic opportunity on the basis of one day's events is absolutely crackers.