Democracy


‘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

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about the jubilee

30 May 2012 'Do we really want the bother of an elected president? Isn’t a Windsor a familiar and convenient alternative?'

Why I resigned from the Green Party

12 April 2012 Joseph Healy, a founder member of the Green Left, explains why he left the Green Party of England and Wales

Audio: May elections – Jenny Jones interview

10 April 2012 Jenny Jones, the Green Party candidate for London mayor, speaks to Red Pepper's Tim Hunt and Michael Calderbank

May elections – TUSC: Opposing all the cuts

8 April 2012 The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing candidates for the London assembly and elsewhere in the local elections on 3 May. Red Pepper spoke to Nick Wrack, a member of the TUSC national committee and number two on its slate of candidates in London

Richard Wilkinson interview: ‘The Spirit Level’ three years on

27 March 2012 Tom Robinson talks to Richard Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level, the influential book on inequality which is now being made into a documentary

Rights and wrong: Why we don’t want a new bill of rights

20 March 2012 Peter Apps argues that replacing the Human Rights Act with a Tory ‘British bill of rights’ would be a bad idea

Ballot stuffing. Bribery. Blatant fraud. Inside the Russian elections

16 December 2011 As election fraud allegations spark protests across the country, Andrew Bowman reports from Russia on what he saw on polling day in one fraud hotspot

Economic democracy – the left’s big new idea

6 December 2011 Peter Tatchell says the democratisation of the economy is the key to a fairer, more just society

Closed curtains at the palace

16 April 2011 James Gray looks at attempts to let the Freedom of Information Act shine a light on the royals

Royal toast

16 April 2011 Donald Morrison takes a look at alternative approaches to the royal wedding

Heading the state

16 April 2011 Andrew Blick explores the constitutional role of the monarch - and how we could ditch it

AV: Yes or no?

14 April 2011 Hilary Wainwright and Kevin Blowe debate the alternative vote

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about the royal wedding

1 April 2011 We are all products of our environment, unless you believe everything is hereditary, which I suppose you do if you’re a prince

The Localism Bill – who benefits?

26 January 2011 Bob Colenutt on what the Localism Bill and the Big Society will mean in practice for local democracy.

Making votes count

16 June 2010 The struggle for electoral reform must be a high priority for the left, says Billy Bragg, alongside our resistance to cuts in public services

A distinctive purpose

16 June 2010 Labour's leadership debate could end up like a competition to be chief executive of an ailing company. But activists are intent on taking it somewhere more interesting. Laurie Penny and Hilary Wainwright did the round of post-election think-ins to find out more

Not about us

29 May 2010 Jim Jepps surveys the largely disappointing results for the left in an unpredictable election

Change we can’t believe in

7 May 2010 When Labour won the 1997 election, Jeremy Hardy got 'joyously drunk'. But the years that followed were pretty sobering, in terms of both foreign and domestic policy, and he just can't summon up any enthusiasm about this one

Best left unsaid

20 January 2010 David Beetham, Stuart Weir and Stuart Wilks-Heeg write down our unwritten and undemocratic constitution

Too important to leave to the politicians

23 September 2009 The present crisis of confidence in parliament is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change the system, argues Willie Sullivan, director of the new campaign Vote for a Change

What is democracy for?

23 September 2009 Elections are meant to be an opportunity for the public collectively to judicate on competing visions of the good society, but democracy has been eroded under a system that marginalises the majority, argues Neal Lawson



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