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For a Brexit from Ireland


Jeremy Warner, an associate editor of the Daily Telegraph no less, wrote this week, “Ireland has poisoned UK politics and brought down governments for centuries.”

Europe’s centre ground is crumbling beneath Angela Merkel’s feet


In the endless discussions about Brexit, it’s commonly assumed that the British side is weak and confused and the European Union (EU) is strong and united. The first is true, the second not so much.

Why Universal Credit cannot be fixed


There is growing anger about the effects of Universal Credit (UC). So what’s to be done?

The state protects the cops


Within 70 minutes of coming into contact with the cops Rashan Charles was dead.

A crisis of politics hounds the European ruling class


Until this week the Tories looked like the weakest government in the European Union. (EU). That’s impressive given the competition.

Fiddling the figures can’t end Tory crisis


Philip Hammond, the Tory chancellor, likes to present himself as a safe pair of hands. He’s nicknamed “spreadsheet Phil”. Boring maybe, but reliable. But he’s been responsible for two of the biggest media pratfalls of the present government, which is saying something.

Art auction paints a picture of capitalism's warped priorities


Some £340 million for a painting by Leonardo da Vinci—and possibly a fake one at that—may seem a touch steep. But it’s a small price to pay for billionaires keen to hide away their cash.

Take academies back into public hands


The scandal over Wakefield City Academies Trust has exposed the realities of privatisation. Many people want the schools abandoned by the trust to be run by the council.

Stop the drive to a new war in Middle East


The prospect of another war hangs over the Middle East—this time in Lebanon.

Saudi-Iran rivalry is behind new turmoil


Saudi Arabia has mostly been a stable pillar of the imperialist order in the Middle East.

Tory cabinet in crisis and we can get them out


 Tory rule stands on the shakiest of foundations.

Erratic Trump gives a boost to US rivals


Anyone who's watched Ken Burns’s flawed but absorbing documentary about the Vietnam War must have been struck by the interplay between presidential politics in Washington and the rhythm of combat in Southeast Asia.

Saving Scottish Labour


Recovery for Labour in Scotland is a real possibility. The race for the leadership of Scottish Labour reflects why.

Tory scum floats on top of a sexist society


Allegations of serious sexual harassment and abuse by MPs have shone a light on the sexism which lies at the heart of our society.

Labour won’t win change by acting ‘respectable’


As the prospect of government nears, the pressure is on Labour to distance itself from the movement, writes Sadie Robinson

After Heaton-Harris - what are the real threats to academic freedom?


Was the Heaton-Harris affair just a storm in a teacup? Christopher Heaton-Harris is the pro-Leave Tory whip who wrote to university vice-chancellors asking for information about “professors involved in the teaching of European affairs, with particular reference to Brexit”.

Abortion is a right


Poorer women in Northern Ireland who come to England to have an abortion will now be able to claim money for travel and accommodation.

Border controls mean slavery and death


Tuesday marked one year since the demolition of the “jungle” refugee camp by cops in Calais.And one year on the refugee crisis is as bad as ever.

Catalan struggle can damage smug bosses


“When the first reports of serious disorders in Catalonia were reaching Madrid, the English ambassador wrote home that he saw ‘nothing in the business that is hard to settle’.”

Justice for contaminated blood survivors now


The government’s consultation regarding a public inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal ended on Tuesday.

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