UK Democracy

Why 2016 Is The Year To Teach Kids About Democracy

Claire Quansah | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Quansah

So whilst we wait to witness the clear up of the mess that is 2016 and ask ourselves if all this stuff really happened, let's not forget to remind our children, democracy is good and that their one vote is always better than no vote at all.

We Fracking Matter Up North Too You Know!

Fi Newsam | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
Fi Newsam

Today the Government approved Cuadrilla's plans to go ahead with fracking at a site in Lancashire. You will have heard the to-ing and fro-ing that has gone on between the local council, Cuadrilla, various activist groups, the government and the local people.

Safe Spaces And The 'Right' To Be Offended

Simon Sapper | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

I think you can't and shouldn't vaccinate or insulate yourself against being offended. But in these highly insecure times, you can't be surprised if people try. Safe spaces are surely a symptom more than anything else.

Five Simple Ways To Improve Democracy In The UK

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

It seems like the distant past now, but in the few weeks up to the registration deadline for the EU referendum, more than 1.35 million people applied ...

The Timing of Labour's Sudden Bout of Puritan Zeal is Deeply Suspicious at Best

Rob Atkinson | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Atkinson

What seems certain above all is the need to get this election over with, and to move on with a massively renewed mandate for our leader. And then - it will be time for top down reform and the redefinition of the party in the image of Corbyn and McDonnell. Having seen the desperate determination of the enemy within, and the lengths to which they will go - nothing less than a ruthless removal of such elements will now do.

From Tolerant to Nasty

Carl Sacklen | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Carl Sacklen

Even if you look beyond the hypocrisy of the situation - Corbyn, once a notorious backbench rebel, is now demanding backbench loyalty - the situation is deeply disturbing. The party of tolerance is becoming the nasty party, and that's not good for anyone.

Springtime for Populism

Ian Linden | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Linden

Liberal democracy in the UK is not in good shape. Fears that our once triumphalist political culture is now falling apart are suppressed. "Uncertainty" serves as stop-gap euphemism for deeper disquiet. There is talk of new opportunities and proud self-determination, much patriotic bravura. But minorities suffer abuse, violence and even murdered, and there are portents of worse to come.

Abuse In Politics Threatens Everything We Stand For

Richard Burden | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

Weaponising allegations of abuse by opponents (or allegations of purges in response) may not be the same as weaponising the abuse itself but it is also unlikely to help. Insults are never an acceptable substitute for political argument, from whichever direction they come. Abuse in politics disfigures us all and it threatens us all.

Should We Really Choose Isolationism? Open Letter To MPs

Federico Moscogiuri | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Politics
Federico Moscogiuri

On Monday, 5th September, Parliament will hold a debate on whether to hold a second EU referendum.The referendum result has placed the UK at a crossroads. Where the UK goes from here will not only determine the future of the UK, but will have a big impact on the EU as well, and by extension the international community.

Is France Putting It's Own Democracy At Risk Over A Burkini?

Meliha Hayat | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK
Meliha Hayat

My message to the people of France is much the same, that we should not use religion as a scapegoat and ignore the social issues and divides that are causing friction in our society. That is what feeds extremists elements and gives them more material to spread their message of hate.

Time To Put Labour NEC Reform On The Agenda

Joseph Finlay | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

Over the last year Corbyn supporters have learned the hard way that the elected leader does not necessarily have control of the party. This has not lead to a healthy balance of power, it's lead to internal anarchy. NEC reform is urgently required, not just to make the party's governance democratic but simply to make the party function again.

In the Era of Social 'News' We Must Be More Social

Adam Stones | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Tech
Adam Stones

I recently defriended someone on Facebook. I know, such a modern drama. I had just had enough of my news feed being disrupted with his right wing views on the world, which seemed so out of line with my own. But by casting him digitally aside, I was complicit in that world becoming instantly smaller.

The Lords Are Not Our Saviour

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
Adrienne Macartney

We illegally bomb 'democracy' into foreign lands that happen to possess resource or geopolitical value. We all play a role in these 'liberty' crusades. We are all culpable proselytizers of democracy at any price. Yet the dis-united Kingdom remains a feudal land.

Digital Democracy Meets the Oligarchs Uptown

Dr Richard Barbrook | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK
Dr Richard Barbrook

Can social media truly liberate the minds of the masses from the corporate propaganda of the mainstream media? Is it possible to imagine one day that people power might even become the leitmotif of the British state?

So What Next for Turkey?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Ever since the attempted coup in Turkey on 15th July where at least 208 people were killed and more than 1400 injured, I have been meaning to contribu...

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.