UK Democracy

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Britain's Outdated Voting System Risks Leaving Millions Voiceless in the EU Referendum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

Why Exeter Will Soon Leave the NUS

Charlie Evans | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

University of Exeter students have gone to the polls to vote as to whether the Students' Guild should vote to leave the National Union of Students or remain in it. We are only onto day 3, but at the time of writing, the Leave side has opened up a 250-vote lead, and it is projected to get to the highest ever turnout in a Student Vote.

Time's Up: It's Time for Politicians to Fulfil #ThePledge

Oliver Sidorczuk | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Politics
Oliver Sidorczuk

You wouldn't realise it with all the hype around the EU referendum, but today hundreds of elections will take place across the UK, including the Scott...

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.