democracy

Parliament’s two civil wars: time for a special Labour conference

June 11th, 2019|Brexit, constitution, Corbyn|1 Comment

As the Tories brutally turn on each other in their bid to replace Theresa May as prime minister, significant sections of the Parliamentary Labour Party have decided it’s time to launch yet another attack on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

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Farage is a clear and present danger. Here’s how to stop him

The rapid rise of the Brexit Party to first place in the opinion polls for the European elections is rightly sending shockwaves through Westminster and beyond. It is currently forecast to […]

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‘What would those at the time of Peterloo think of where we are now?’

March 27th, 2019|History, real democracy|1 Comment

It’s taken 200 years but Manchester is finally going to get a proper memorial to mark the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. Conceptual installation artist Jeremy Deller’s design has just won the approval of the council’s planning committee after a […]

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There’s nothing green about bio-energy

The Bio-fuel Deception: Going Hungry on the Green Carbon Diet by Okbazghi Yohannes, Monthly Review Press, review by Penny Cole

The story of bio-fuels is a moral tale of how marketised, profit-driven […]

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In the midst of splits and political meltdown, a way forward for Labour 

The resignation of eight Labour MPs and three Tories from their parties in order to form a reactionary “Independent” Group in the House of Commons is a clear indication that the present Parliamentary system is in the midst of […]

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Brexit crisis shows political system is broken

The dramatic deadlock in the UK over Brexit is a spectacular expression of a broken political system. Our existing form of democracy is simply incapable of representing the diverse interests of […]

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Tories ignore global heatwave and give backing for fracking

No to frackingIn the midst of the global heatwave, energy minister Claire Perry’s approval of the first UK fracking licence under its […]

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Everything you wanted to know about neoliberalism but were afraid to ask

A profound crisis is threatening humanity. Democratic politics is being driven out by authoritarian populism in country after country. The planet’s fragile ecosystem is under unprecedented assault as a result of profit-seeking overproduction. International conflict looms more threateningly than […]

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A democratic revolution can unite for and against Brexit voters

Is the alternative to Brexit simply the UK remaining a member state of the European Union? Or is there a case for a more imaginative and democratic option that could appeal to both leavers and remainers?

It’s worth asking these […]

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In Tory Britain, the only certainty is uncertainty itself

The break-up of the Tory government is more than just a crisis of a party that lost its majority, with many preferring a genuinely warm person like Jeremy Corbyn instead of a robotic prime minister.

Corbyn promised an end to […]

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Why we need a governing legislative framework at the heart of a new written constitution

ConstitutionIn the e-book Democracy Unchained, Chapter 2 charts the rise of a corporatocracy that has re-fashioned the state to serve the needs of powerful corporations and their shareholders – particularly over […]

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Planning for a Corbyn government

September 6th, 2017|Corbyn, election, real democracy|3 Comments

The prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn-led government grows closer as Theresa May’s divided government staggers from pillar to post in the wake of the abysmal failure of her pathetic “strong and […]

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