Bart Cammaerts

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    The efforts to restrict the freedom to strike and to deny a right to strike should be resisted fiercely

The efforts to restrict the freedom to strike and to deny a right to strike should be resisted fiercely

The government’s Trade Union Bill proposes draconian new restrictions for labour unions, including higher thresholds for strike ballots and curbs on picketing. In this article, Bart Cammaerts argues that the right of workers to strike is fundamental, writing that it is Orwellian newspeak to claim that the Tories are the party of working people and at the same time curtail […]

Jeremy Corbyn is the New Left

What are the reasons for the meteoric rise of Jeremy Corbyn, who now seems highly likely to be elected as Labour’s next leader? In this article, Bart Cammaerts explores why Corbyn is succeeding despite much of the media and Labour party figures coming out forcefully against him, writing that he represents the renewal of a pronounced leftist discourse and agenda.

In the UK, but also abroad, the […]

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    Did Britain’s right-wing newspapers win the election for the Tories?

Did Britain’s right-wing newspapers win the election for the Tories?

In the 2015 election campaign, almost all newspapers were extremely pro-Conservative and rabidly anti-Labour. Bart Cammaerts writes that if almost all media are so enthusiastically choosing the same ideological side, this will inevitably have a profound impact on public opinion which is dangerous for democracy.
The day after the unexpected defeat of the Labour leader Neil Kinnock in the 1992 election, […]

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    Survey results show a renewed politics of redistribution in the UK

Survey results show a renewed politics of redistribution in the UK

In this article, Bart Cammaerts presents the findings of a representative survey he conducted into people’s attitudes towards the aftermath of the financial crisis and austerity. His results show that the majority of people in the UK do not consider that they are necessarily better off after five years of coalition governement, and that there has been a broad shift towards what he calls a […]

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    Zero-hours contracts: a post-modern form of slavery which faces little real opposition from the unions

Zero-hours contracts: a post-modern form of slavery which faces little real opposition from the unions

Why have we seen a dramatic rise in the inherently exploitative zero-hours contracts? The inane weakness and uselessness of the union movement in the UK cannot be ignored as one of the reasons for this, writes Bart Cammaerts.
Recent figures expose that the number of people in the UK on so-called ‘zero-hours’ contracts has risen to a distressing total of 1,800,000 […]

Scotland Yard’s ‘protest tax’ is bonkers

The recent evidence that Scotland Yard is effectively charging organizers of protests for the ‘nuisance’ they are creating is bonkers, to put it mildly, says Bart Cammaerts. Their rationale is that the government is squeezing their budget and what better way to recuperate some of those substantial losses than to institute a protest tax.
The prevailing logic today seems to go […]

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    Lower the voting age to 16? Yes please, but only if accompanied by civic and democratic education and a commitment to take young people’s concerns seriously

Lower the voting age to 16? Yes please, but only if accompanied by civic and democratic education and a commitment to take young people’s concerns seriously

Ed Miliband promised that a Labour government would extend the franchise to 16 and 17 year-olds within one year of the general election. The Conservatives, meanwhile, oppose lowering the voting age. In this article, and following on the heels of our recent podcast on the issue, Bart Cammaerts, Michael Bruter, Shaku Banaji, Sarah Harrison and Nick Anstead summarise research they conducted regarding the voting age. They argue […]

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    Excessive media power in the UK necessitates a more efficient and potent regulatory system

Excessive media power in the UK necessitates a more efficient and potent regulatory system

Creating spectacle in whatever form sells copy, but it also greatly increases visibility. Politicians need visibility and need the media in order to reach the electorate, to get through to them. This has created a very symbiotic but also a toxic relationship between political and media elites, writes Bart Cammaerts. With the disproportional degree of power the media holds comes responsibility, transparency […]