Closing the democratic deficit 

Closing the democratic deficit 

Cat Smith welcomes the 30th October Westminster Hall discussion on proportional representation and calls for real change by government.  The debate was delayed by the June general election and…

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Making all votes count 

Making all votes count 

While 76% of Labour voters support PR Alena Ivanova asks whether members are willing to back a progressive Labour-led coalition.   Talking to a comrade recently…

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2018: a year for celebrating and changing our Democracy?

2018: a year for celebrating and changing our Democracy?

On the 100th anniversary of female (limited) suffrage Mary Southcott surveys the advances and limits of democracy in Britain  Two words we should love and cherish, though they are rather…

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Votes for women 100 years on

Votes for women 100 years on

As no Chartist reader can fail to have noticed, the last weeks of 2017 saw an eruption of condemnation and protest against sexual predators in the work…

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Gove’s rotten legacy

Gove’s rotten legacy

Dave Lister on why the Academy project is floundering  The Tories’ reverses in this year’s general election spelt an end to their plans for wholesale…

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Going radical for life long learning 

Going radical for life long learning 

Paul Reynolds  on new ideas for Labour’s post-compulsory education policy  Education was significant in the 2017 Manifesto, with its promise of a comprehensive National Education Service.  The promise to…

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Hollywood shame factory 

Hollywood shame factory 

After nominating himself for Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year 2017’, US President Donald Trump must have shrugged his shoulder pads when he learned that the iconic…

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All aboard: worker directors or social accountability? 

All aboard: worker directors or social accountability? 

As the Tories ditch any practical steps to workplace democracy Bryn Jones surveys earlier Labour ideas, the German model and proposes some steps for Corbyn.  Are the…

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Will the North rise again?

Will the North rise again?

The anthem of the (non-existent) Northern liberation front would be The Fall’s splendid The North Will Rise Again, penned back in the 80s by Mark E…

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It’s crunch time for local Labour

It’s crunch time for local Labour

Tom Miller on holes in the dented shield  Local government is looking increasingly threadbare in the face of austerity. The trend adopted by ‘localist’ Conservatives has been to cut and…

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Stakeholder Boards are the key to industrial renaissance

Stakeholder Boards are the key to industrial renaissance

Prem Sikka finds Hammond’s industrial strategy an empty wish list The UK economy continues to suffer from low productivity, low investment, short-termism, light-touch regulation, a…

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