Democracy


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Take part in building a people’s manifesto for the movement

16 September 2019 Winning elections is not enough. To transform society we need to involve the people in policy making, argue Kerem Dikerdem and Annie Quick

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It’s time the UK had real democracy

5 September 2019 Under the UK’s constitutional monarchy, we are subjects not citizens. Rewriting the constitution should be an urgent priority for a Labour government, argues Hilary Wainwright

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No shock doctrine for Britain: Stop Boris Johnson

29 August 2019 Director of Global Justice Now, Nick Dearden, calls for swift action to stop Boris Johnson shutting down Parliament

It’s time to overhaul the House of Lords

18 March 2019 When even Peers are rising up for reform, something’s in the air, writes Nancy Platts. Our movement should get behind it

Without an overhaul of Westminster, Corbyn’s vision for the economy won’t last

9 October 2018 Britain's institutions aren't designed for real democracy. Nancy Platts argues that we can't build socialism in a rigged system.

In and against the state

1 October 2018 Labour needs to develop a socialist strategy that goes beyond a single election manifesto. Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin look at the challenge of state transformation

‘For A Left Populism’: An interview with Chantal Mouffe

22 September 2018 Michael Calderbank spoke to Chantal Mouffe about why she thinks the time is right for a left populism

Politics goes far beyond the Westminster bubble. We need to build power from the bottom up.

19 September 2018 Ruairidh Paton introduces The World Transformed festival. "For us, politics is so much more than meetings, votes and the Westminster bubble. Politics is everywhere – in our workplaces, classrooms and communities."

Chartism for the 21st Century: Why trade unions are backing an overhaul of Westminster

19 April 2018 Nancy Platts argues for a radical reshaping of our voting system.

Vote Leave whistleblowers reveal fundamental flaws in our democracy

29 March 2018 The allegations that Vote Leave broke campaign spending rules raise worrying questions about our democracy that go right to the very top, writes Jon Trickett MP

Where I’m calling from

5 February 2018 Ian Martin, a member of the Yorkshire-based Same Skies Collective rethinks devolution and regional democracy through through the frames of hegemony and intersectionality, asking if geography has been sufficiently understood as a driver of privilege and exclusion.

Stop romanticising the royal family

29 November 2017 Frustrated at the idea of another royal wedding? You're not alone. Joana Ramiro argues we should stop idealising a fundamentally undemocratic institution.

Don’t blame it on the bots

28 November 2017 Liberal elites are using Russian interference to minimise their own political failures, writes Matt Turner

Defend democracy – don’t repay your debts.

1 November 2017 Our dependence on debt means that banks wield ever-greater power over our lives, writes Daniel Edelstyn.

Forcing MPs to take an oath of allegiance to the monarchy undermines democracy

16 June 2017 As long as being an MP means pledging loyalty to an unelected head of state, our parliamentary system will remain undemocratic, writes Kate Flood

Power for the People

10 June 2017 In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Bernie Grant's election to parliament, Ayo Wallace explores the life and legacy of his radical representation of Tottenham's black communities.

The media wants to demoralise Corbyn’s supporters – don’t let them succeed

5 May 2017 Michael Calderbank looks at the results of yesterday's local elections

A Progressive Alliance is a win for the left

29 April 2017 Laying out the case for Labour's leadership of a Progressive Alliance, Jeremy Gilbert argues that far from posing a threat to the Left, the Progressive Alliance offers a golden opportunity to end Tory rule and build a 21st century government committed to social justice

Brighton isn’t just talking about a progressive alliance – we’re making it a reality

27 April 2017 The Greens have stood down in Brighton Kemptown to clear the way for Labour, and the Lib Dems won’t stand in Brighton’s other seat, Green-held Pavilion. Davy Jones, who would have been the Green candidate in Kemptown, says this shows the way forward

West Yorkshire calls for devolution of politics

19 April 2017 When communities feel that power is exercised by a remote elite, anger and alienation will grow. But genuine regional democracy offers a positive alternative, argue the Same Skies Collective

Portsmouth’s smeargate: dirty politics in the age of austerity

21 April 2016 Democracy takes a hit as local politicians play dirty against anti-cuts campaigners, write Sarah Cheverton and Tom Sykes

‘How can you decant people from estates then make deals with developers to build luxury apartments?’

19 April 2016 Andrew Dolan spoke with Amina Gichinga of Take Back the City about doing politics differently and righting Labour's wrongs in London

Let the people in

27 February 2016 Katie Ghose of the Electoral Reform Society looks at the democratic deficit in devolution

Can England learn from Scotland?

26 February 2016 Isobel Lindsay suggests some lessons from Scotland for devolution campaigners in England

Localism without politics

25 February 2016 Jonathan Davies asks whether devolution can be reclaimed from the neoliberal elites and ‘austerian realists’

Balancing Britain: the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and the search for alternatives

24 February 2016 Despite concerns over the government’s devolution plans, there is a broad consensus that localism is a good thing. Craig Berry examines the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ narrative – and what an alternative might look like

Powerhouse or power failure?

23 February 2016 Although they are being promoted as a route towards more even regional development, the government’s devolution plans risk dividing the UK even further. Rachel Laurence and Adrian Bua of the New Economics Foundation introduce this special issue of Red Pepper

Solidarity with Rojava: 3K in 31 Days

3 December 2015 Plan C are fundraising £3000 to help rebuild Kobane after ISIS attacks and to support the political revolution in Rojava, writes Paul Higgins

Conventional wisdom: our chance to redraw the British state

5 October 2015 Jeremy Corbyn has said that he wants to organise a constitutional convention. We should seize the opportunity, writes Dan Hind

My support for Jeremy Corbyn is about much more than ‘reclaiming Labour’

17 July 2015 Hilary Wainwright says she is backing Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader as part of a transition to organisation beyond parliamentary politics

Higher aspirations: politics beyond the ballot box

8 June 2015 As with the Scottish referendum, electoral defeat can be transformed into political success. A new movement is rising, says Hilary Wainwright

After the election: picking up the pieces

14 May 2015 Without pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will is useless, writes Luke Cooper

‘Don’t mourn, organise’ – OK, but how?

9 May 2015 The left must re-think its strategy and methods of organisation after the election, writes Michael Calderbank – not just throw ourselves back into the same schemes that aren't working

Left Unity: ‘It will take time to establish a credible left party in Britain, but it’s possible’

27 April 2015 James O'Nions spoke to Left Unity parliamentary candidate Simon Hardy about his campaign – and the party’s prospects

A new Magna Carta

21 April 2015 Scotland’s radical independence movement should be a wake-up call for the British left, argues Anthony Barnett. The time is ripe for a return to the call for constitutional reform

The pitchforks are coming

21 April 2015 Red Pepper speaks to Lisa McKenzie, the candidate taking Class War to Tory Essex

When Greens govern

21 April 2015 What are the chances of the Greens disappointing their supporters if they get into government? High, if the experience of their sister parties elsewhere in Europe is anything to go by, suggests Joseph Healy

How red are the Greens?

21 April 2015 What lies behind the Green surge – and to what extent can they be considered a new vehicle for the left? Andrew Dolan reports

How a hung parliament could lead to a new anti-austerity alliance

21 April 2015 The right is horrified by the rise of the SNP – because it raises the prospect of a progressive coalition, argues Hilary Wainwright

Don’t believe the claims about Tower Hamlets – the devil is in the detail

16 December 2014 Rabina Khan, cabinet member for housing in Tower Hamlets council, defends its record in the face of government-led attacks

Labour once again refuses to break with ‘business as usual’

20 November 2014 Labour's links to PricewatehouseCoopers is yet another sign of a party unwilling to break from 'business as usual' and of a political system captured by corporate interests, writes Andrew Dolan

The long shadow of the 1970s

5 November 2014 The 1970s marked a turning point in left fortunes worldwide and the origins of today’s neoliberal ascendancy. A Red Pepper roundtable with Hilary Wainwright, Andy Beckett, John Medhurst and Suresh Grover looks back

Independence without borders

16 August 2014 Introducing Adam Ramsay's new book, '42 reasons to support Scottish Independence', Hilary Wainwright outlines the radical case for independence.

Event: The radical case for Scottish independence

23 June 2014 Join us at the House of Commons, Thursday 26 June

Young people the latest target in Labour’s lurch to the right

19 June 2014 Labour's austerity-inspired welfare proposals will penalise young adults for circumstances beyond their control, writes Andrew Dolan

Summer event: the Spark

15 May 2014 A week of workshops, films, discussions, poetry, music, art and more, looking at the fight for social justice in the UK and around the world to take place in June

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about characters

17 February 2014 'Today’s politicians are boring. Perhaps that’s why they get away with so much'

Brighton & Hove’s council tax referendum: the pros and cons

5 February 2014 Ed Jones looks at the rights and wrongs of a referendum on whether to raise council tax by 4.75 per cent in order to protect services

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about voting

19 December 2013 'The thing that surprises me is not that Westminster politics are found to be boring, but rather that so many journalists find them so interesting'

A voice for the north

2 June 2012 Paul Salveson pushes for devolution in the north of England



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