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    Magna Carta can still challenge the orthodoxy and help resolve today’s democratic difficulties

Magna Carta can still challenge the orthodoxy and help resolve today’s democratic difficulties

What influence does Magna Carta, signed 800 years ago at Runnymede by King John, continue to have over UK democracy and governance? A lot, according to Andrew Blick, who points out that taken as a whole, it is a surprisingly enduring document which still influences our political and democratic choices to this day. 

Even after eight centuries, Magna Carta is a contemporary document. The 800th anniversary […]

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    The Rochester by-election highlights a pervasive ‘anti-politics’ mood in the UK

The Rochester by-election highlights a pervasive ‘anti-politics’ mood in the UK

The result in the Rochester and Strood by-election makes clear that many are looking to Westminster and venting their dissatisfaction with what they perceive to be a distant, unresponsive and dishonest political class. The anger underpinning UKIP support is a product of the particular performance of the governing and opposition parties’ in the current economic climate as well as the perceived […]

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    Britain’s population policies are fuelling atrocities like India’s sterilisation camp deaths

Britain’s population policies are fuelling atrocities like India’s sterilisation camp deaths

Kalpana Wilson traces how family planning strategies supported and funded by DfID and others are supporting forced sterilisations in the global South. She argues this is a reflection of current approaches to population based on shifting responsibility for poverty away from capital and onto the poor themselves.

The horrifying deaths of at least 14 women after undergoing surgery at sterilisation camps in Chhattisgarh, […]

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    Why immigration policy since 1962 has such a poor record of achievement

Why immigration policy since 1962 has such a poor record of achievement

Immigration policy has repeatedly failed to fulfil the ambitions of its advocates. Successive governments have neither willed the means nor been open about the obstacles in their way to restricting immigration. Disappointing results have contributed to disillusionment with the political system and help to create the ground on which UKIP has prospered, argues David Feldman.

The public debate on immigration […]

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    Book Review: Reshaping the University: the Rise of the Regulated Market in Higher Education by David Palfreyman and Ted Tapper

Book Review: Reshaping the University: the Rise of the Regulated Market in Higher Education by David Palfreyman and Ted Tapper

This book focuses on the policy of removing almost entirely public support for the payment of student fees. Although it goes into great detail regarding the emergence of the regulated market as a way of delivering higher education to growing numbers, it does so with little apparent appreciation for what that emergence has required within the universities and in the […]

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    Book Review: Violence and Understanding in Gaza: The British Broadsheets’ Coverage of the War by Dávid Kaposi

Book Review: Violence and Understanding in Gaza: The British Broadsheets’ Coverage of the War by Dávid Kaposi

Instead of asking who is innocent and who should be blamed, the media should start to treat the Israel-Palestine conflict as a story of mutually painful but very real human relations, argues Dávid Kaposi in his new book. Catherine Hezser hopes that journalists will take up Kaposi’s suggestions and initiate a more complex, balanced, and historically-informed discourse on Israel and Hamas/Palestinians.

This review was […]

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    UK voters see divided political parties as less able to make sensible or coherent policies

UK voters see divided political parties as less able to make sensible or coherent policies

It is often said that ‘divided parties lose elections’, with the experience of the Conservatives in the 1990s cited as supporting evidence. But is this the case? Looking at evidence from the British Election Survey (BES), Zachary D. Greene argues that perceptions of party disunity does indeed play a role in how voters assess the competence of parties.

Party members often disagree […]

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    What does the Rochester & Strood by-election mean for British politics?

What does the Rochester & Strood by-election mean for British politics?

UKIP’s victory in the Rochester & Strood by-election gives the party national credibility, writes Paul Whiteley, and their recent increase in membership gives them the ability to effectively target key seats in the constituency campaigns in the general election. Electorally speaking, however, the division on the right is much more significant than the division on the left, even if UKIP is winning discontented […]

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