UK Democracy

A Brexit Vote Would Put This Government on Thin Ice; Calling a Proportional General Election Would be Cameron's Only Option

Owen Winter | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

In the event of a 'Leave' vote, Britain would be divided, with a new Prime Minister, a surge in political awareness, and big questions to be answered about our future out of the EU. The only way for the country to move on from this divisive referendum, and grant democratic legitimacy to those negotiating Brexit, would be to hold a proportional general election as soon as possible after the result.

A Vote for Leave Is Not a Vote for Democracy

Matty Edwards | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matty Edwards

The EU may not be perfect, but it is by no means as undemocratic and dominated by the commission as Leave campaigners argue. Voting to leave the EU is not a vote for democracy, because just like the EU, the UK political system is certainly not completely democratic.

Apprentice Cameron Summons 'Master of Lies', Darth Juncker

Adam Hamdy | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

I wasn't sure how to approach the news that 'Master of Lies' Jean-Claude Juncker has been drafted in by David 'Scourge of Pensioners' Cameron to make a major intervention in the referendum campaign next week. Why would the Prime Minister call in his boss, the President of the European Commission, a man with a less than exemplary reputation?

Should the United Kingdom Remain a Member of the European Union?

Matthew Beevor | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Matthew Beevor

"Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?" That is the question that British voters will be asked in one week's time. I overwh...

If We Leave Europe, It Will Be Young People Who Suffer the Most

Jack Colyer | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Colyer

The fact is, I need the EU to keep my government in check, I need the EU to control the financial sector that is tearing Britain into unequal chunks of extreme wealth and poverty, but most of all, I need the EU so the British government does not continue to benefit for my generations political apathy, implementing laws that take advantage of our alienation.

What Every Remain Voter Should Know Before June 23rd

Adam Hamdy | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

If you're planning to vote remain, please take a moment to read this article. It may help you reconsider the most important political decision of your life. Most people I've spoken to say they're planning to vote leave, but of the few who say they'll vote remain, these have been the most common reasons...

Note to Dave and Jezza: Don't Trust the Public With the Vote, They're Cretins

Mark Piggott | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Piggott

It's far too early to tell if the latest opinion polls suggesting the people of Britain and that little bit of Ireland will vote Brexit next week. Pol...

Cabinet Secretary Confirms Secret Brexit Plans

Adam Hamdy | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Last week I wrote an article alleging that Civil Service plans, which outline a safe, secure way for Britain to exit the EU, are circulating Whitehall...

EU Referendum Demonstrates How Democracy Is Breaking

David Mooney | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Politics
David Mooney

Democracy is a very good idea in principle, but in practise sometimes it doesn't work in the way many would like it to. In that sense, it's a little bit like Ade Akinbiyi - weak, slow and doesn't get a lot done, but is probably worth a punt on deadline day because there's not many other decent options around.

Why Women Are Just Not Into the EU

Jade Smith | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jade Smith

We as a country are perfectly capable of advocating women's rights without help from anyone else, especially overpaid Eurocrats. We must lobby the MPs in power, stand up for what we believe in and always vote. Voting to leave the European Union is the safest choice for women.

Find Out How the Government Plans to Leave the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

This article is going to end with a request that you sign a petition. The petition asks the government to publish Civil Service plans that outline ho...

Four Things They Don't Tell You About The EU

Banseka Kayembe | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Banseka Kayembe

The fact is the EU has done far more good than bad, and is a democracy. The future of democracy and our sovereignty is that it is shared and that we work together in this increasingly globalised world. Don't fall for the Brexit propaganda, in the long-term our future and success is in collaboration, not isolation.

The EU Is Undemocratic - And That's Why We Must Vote to Leave

Tom Bailey | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Bailey

The fundamental problem with the European Union - and why people should vote to leave it on June 23rd - is that it is undemocratic. The executive of t...

Vote to Stay: As the Longest Day (Still) Isn't Over

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

You know what? Sod the economy, stupid! The Brexit is all about idealism. There's more at stake here than house prices and jobs, much more. 22 years ...

Not Registering to Vote Is Understandable - But You Should

Jacob Furedi | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Furedi

It is only by recognising the anachronistic nature of the EU that we can truly recognise how important this referendum is. Yes, I registered to vote because I'm young and therefore will be directly affected by its result. But fundamentally, I registered to vote because I recognise that breaking away from the EU is the necessary course for any nation that enshrines the value of democracy.

Ten Reasons Why We Must Leave the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

When I recently told a colleague that I want the UK to leave the EU, she expressed considerable dismay that someone of my background - mixed-race, working class, comprehensive education - was lining up with far-right racists. Such a misguided view of the people who support Brexit does a disservice to the millions of Britons up and down the UK, who are now in a majority that understands why it is morally, politically and economically essential for Britain to leave the EU.

Britain's Outdated Voting System Risks Leaving Millions Voiceless in the EU Referendum

Lord Malloch-Brown | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Malloch-Brown

The EU referendum is arguably the most important British vote in a generation. The outcome, which will have far reaching consequences for the country, is on a knife-edge. Yet our old-fashioned voting system risks silencing whole groups of voters who deserve to have their say.

Where Do You Vote in the EU Referendum?

Joe Mitchell | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Tech
Joe Mitchell

We want to make it as straightforward to take part in decision-making as it is to book a concert ticket, to order some takeaway or to find out who won the football last night. It's time the digital transformation came to democracy.

Keep Your Democratic Power and Hold it Close

Adam Hamdy | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

I never thought I'd see so many people so willing to surrender the only power we have to protect ourselves from tyranny.

Calling All Fellow Brexiteers: Can We Hurry Up and Lose the Never-End-Dum?

Georgina Edwards | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Politics
Georgina Edwards

I'd hate to be a Negative Nancy, or a fun sponge of any description, but there is no way in hell the Leave camp are going to win the EU referendum. Like with Scottish independence and the Alternative Vote, we will opt for the status quo...

Why the EU Referendum Is a Vote on Democracy

Adam Hamdy | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

People will try and tell us that this referendum deals with issues that are far too complex for the average person to understand. I believe that we actually face a very simple question: whether or not we believe in democracy? If we continue to find ourselves ruled by people we can't vote for, who are making laws we can't change, we will only have ourselves to blame.

We Need the EU's Regulated Duvets

Gabriel Webber | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

As crowd-funded right-wing films go, Brexit the Movie isn't bad. It's slick, well-presented and looks pretty professional. The area in which it's lac...

How to Win the EU Referendum

Adam Hamdy | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

When I was at school, the playground was often the scene of 'cussing matches' which, for the uninitiated, were verbal jousts that involved two or more children hurling insults at each other until one of the kids left the field of combat crying, or a fistfight broke out.

Why Fair Votes Matter at Local Elections

Alexandra Runswick | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics
Alexandra Runswick

Last week, the UK went to the polls in the biggest round of elections we'll see before 2020. The results clearly showed the difference a fair voting system makes. Local elections in England were the only contests which used an outdated, unfair system. We saw millions of people denied a strong voice on their council.

'Super Thursday' Showed Us That British Politics Has Changed Forever

Katie Ghose | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

If you were following it, it was easy to get lost last week underneath the bar charts and rapid analysis of Thursday's elections - the 'winners and losers', the ups and downs. Because there were some very revealing signs of the longer term trends affecting political behaviour and future shape of the UK - and they need to be talked about.