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Labour must adapt to survive

As discontent grows around Keir Starmer’s reluctance to increase corporation tax it seems that, almost a year after he was elected leader, his honeymoon period is over. Despite starting promisingly in the polls, recent weeks have seen Labour steadily lose their margin as many left-leaning party members fear for the radical proposals on which Starmer […]

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Coronavirus: the democratic slump

The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting the world we live in. It is accelerating technological changes in society, exacerbating economic inequality, and calling into question the current global system. One key area the pandemic is affecting is global democracy.  In the wake of the coronavirus, the world faces the prospect of significant democratic decline.  Last year, Freedom […]

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Britain’s chumocracy: an affront on democracy

The NHS Test and Trace System, run by Baroness Dido Harding of Winscombe, is an abhorrent failure. If we had a functioning system it might be that Covid-19, which has now caused over 100,000 deaths in the UK, could have caused less sorrow. So, given this miscarriage, who do we look to blame? Cronyism is […]

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Here we go again

2021 has immediately started off even worse than any of us could have predicted. I’m reminded of last January’s Australian bushfires and threats of global conflict and even when considering that, this is still a worse beginning than last year. One only needs to glance at the news to be given a reason to pour […]

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So, this is how democracy dies?

“So this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause.” These words, spoken by Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, I have not been able to get out of my head since November’s US presidential election. A Biden-Harris victory was supposed to bring with it a sense of calm, of reassurance, […]

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Out of the ashes of Covid-19, we must build a better world

As millions of people here, and billions across the world, become accustomed to the restrictions being placed upon their lives there is one recurring theme: uncertainty. Uncertainty for some over the survival of loved ones, for others over where the next meal is coming from and how they are going to pay the bills, and […]

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Is it Time to Leave the Party?

We’re in the middle of conference season right now, and following the ever-so-slightly controversial resolutions passed at the Labour and Liberal Democrat gatherings, there is perhaps weight to the idea that party conferences are an outdated concept. There are some who voice concerns that conferences exist as echo chambers, where the party members embody a […]

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Redefining a hybrid mode of democracy, is it possible?

Another day, another Brexit-related constitutional crisis. This week saw the Prime Minister Boris Johnson (who is noticeably without a mandate) prorogue parliament — trying to stop Members of Parliament from blocking a no-deal Brexit next month. So we face the question: how well can our parliamentary representatives enact the democratic desires of the public as […]