• Can The centre Hold? Devolution In England Is Gathering Pace...

    By Democratic Audit UK: The recent devolution initiatives within England are an opportunity to reassess the relevance of Jim Bulpitt’s 1983 book, Territory and Power in the United Kingdom. This provided a then-novel portrait of UK territorial political relations. For Bulpitt,...

UK Politics: The State We Are In

By The Civic Alliance Party: The State We Are In The Body Politic, Society and the Environment, is sick…how we got here. Society, unlike the way it is presented to us, is not a smooth, forward advancing, inanimate vehicle with...

The Abandoned Constituency Boundary Review Could Be A Big Opportunity

By Chris Terry Electoral Reform Society: It was reported in The Times that the planned review of constituency boundaries and cut in MPs may be scrapped due to opposition in Parliament. If the report is to be believed, the Boundary Commission will now start...

June’s election was the third strike for Westminster’s voting system. It’s out!

By Darren Hughes - Electoral Reform Society: The evidence is there for us all to see now: the 2017 General Election was the third strike for the First Past the Post voting system. From producing a hung Parliament in 2010...

The Political Assault On Britain’s Democracy

By Graham Vanbergen: It should be natural for Members of Parliament to support representative democracy above everything - they are, after all, supposed to embody it and serve the people they represent. It has become clear though, it is not in...

Why We Should Replace The House of Lords With A House of Citizens

By Democratic Audit: The Lords is an affront to democracy and Parliament as a whole is regarded as untrustworthy. The second chamber should be replaced by a 160-strong citizens’ assembly, whose members would be chosen to serve a two-year term...

New Parties, New Movements – But How Much Say Do Party Members Get?

By Democratic Audit: The Political Party Database Project has analysed the workings of 122 political parties in 19 parliamentary democracies. Remarkably, the vast majority share a common model of subscriber democracy: members join at a local level and enjoy a...

The Myth That Westminster’s Voting System is ‘Strong and Stable’ Has Been Bust For Good

By Darren Hughes - Electoral Reform Society: If ‘strong and stable’ has been the motto of Parliament’s First Past the Post voting system, June 5th put an end to that myth once and for all.   For the third time in...

The State Of The Planet Is Scary – But That’s Just The Start

By David Powell: A few week's ago marked Earth Overshoot Day. August 2 was 2017’s date roughly calculated as when we’ve started to cause more impact on the ecosystem than it can safely absorb, and used more of its resources than...