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Thatcher’s Poll Tax Gerrymander

The Poll Tax Gerrymander gave the UK an unforecast by pollsters 4th Conservative victory and the undistinguished government of John Major... [read more]

Is Britain now Too Gerrymandered To Be A Genuine Democracy?

During the last 27 years, Conservative and Coalition Governments have passed legislation aimed at reducing the voting rights of people not likely to be supportive of the Conservative Party... [read more]

What if David Cameron is a Gerrymandering PM?

Frankie Boyle the Scottish comedian used the Comment is Free section of the Guardian to ask the question “What if David Cameron is an Evil Genius?”... [read more]

Racism By Any Other Name Smells

Thomas Riggins reveals the results of a poll conducted by ScienceDaily examining attitudes to the new voter identification laws in the US... [read more]

Push Polling 2008; Have the Rules Changed? Or Not?

Sven Eric Balabanoff examines the phenomenon of "push polling" within the wider context of US electoral politics.... [read more]

Push-Polling (Continued): The Appearance of Ethics, And the Same Old Same Old

Following on from last week's article, Sven Eric Balabanoff continues his look at the role of "Push-polling" in this year's US elections. ... [read more]

Can the Duke become King?

On Monday, the 19th Knesset voted to dissolve itself, less than two years after its election... [read more]

In Their Own Juice

According to press reports, President Barack Obama has decided to let Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas “stew in their own juice.”... [read more]

Struggle over Iran: Tumultuous Israeli Politics Will Not Usher Peace

Israel is currently experiencing the kind of turmoil that may or may not affect its political hierarchy following the next general election. However, there is little reason to believe that any major transformations in the Israeli political landscape could be of benefit to Palestinians, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

This Week in the Media: Al Fayed Loses Dignity, Entertains Nation; Poll Findings Indicate Egalitarian Leanings Among Guardian Readers

David Floyd is offended by the grotesque Mohamed Al Fayed pantomime that's still plaguing our courts.... [read more]

Is Brexit Ready to Exit: Mayhem and changing opinions in the UK

A year ago the UK voted to leave the EU after a stupid, unnecessary referendum. Not only that, but it has emerged that the Brexit campaign was funded by some secretive and dodgy deals.... [read more]

Polls versus principles

"How sad if Labour’s courage should fail it, so that it lags behind progressive opinion, just as a new mainstream is developing." A commentary by Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister... [read more]

The ethical case for ‘people power’

Peter Tatchell sets out the ethics and efficacy of direct action protest across a range of issues, including OutRage!’s successful campaign against the police harassment of the LGBT community... [read more]

Obama’s Afghan Pledge is Grossly Misleading

As the US President hints at a withdrawal from Afghanistan, R.M. Harrison wonders whether he has taken heed of the old saying “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. ... [read more]

Lies, Damned Lies and Opinion Polls

Stephen Gilbert challenges the so called 'accuracy' of ICM opinion polls and shows how Labour continues to miss classic opportunities to rebut Conservative policy. ... [read more]

Election 2010: A First-Time Voter's View

Chris Mason-Fielding voted in his first election on May 6th. He reflects on an entertaining and eventful campaign.... [read more]

Venezuelan Poll: Chavez Enjoys 62.4% Approval Rating

Tamara Pearson on the results of a recent survey which suggests high approval ratings for Chavez, but relatively low ratings for his party.... [read more]

Obama Working His Magic on Arabs?

Much has been made of Barack Obama's big speech in Egypt last week. Ramzy Baroud is not convinced.... [read more]

Oh My God, Trump!

We do not really know who Trump is, and what he will do during the next four years. We know only the Trump of the elections: a nasty person, a megalomaniac, a liar, an ignoramus.... [read more]

Illegal Slaughter – Cameron’s Syria Equals Blair’s Iraq?

A recent ITV poll showed 89.32% of British people are against bombing Syria... [read more]

A Gerrymandered Election and A Flawed Mandate

To the great puzzlement and consternation of pundits and pollsters, the British general election produced what seems a great democratic victory for the Conservative party... [read more]

English Heritage – with the UK’s general election ever closer, whose culture are we ‘celebrating’?

I fear the outcome of the general election; I fear the deals made by politicians desperate to stay in power, deals that will further harm the disadvantaged poor... [read more]

Spaniards Fall Out Of Love With Their Royals

David Eade explains that since the financial crisis started there has been a fall in support for the Royal Household ... [read more]

A Manifesto for Psychopaths

Ayn Rand’s ideas have become the Marxism of the new right, she may have died 30 years ago but the belief system constructed by her has never been more popular or influential, says George Monbiot. ... [read more]

You Stand for Nothing But Election

George Monbiot sets a few things straight in an open letter to government minister Hazel Blears.... [read more]

Labour Must Endorse Living Wage Campaign to Win Back Popular Support

Matt Genner argues that committing itself to a national living wage would help restore Labour's credentials as the mainstream party most committed to social justice. ... [read more]

National Interest or Personal Interest: Theresa May’s Spat with Tony Blair

The war of words between Tony Blair and Theresa May over the last few days is quite revealing – not of Blair’s known position regarding the Brexit mess, but because the Prime Minister’s rant showed her weakness.... [read more]

David Cameron’s Partisan Gerrymandering of the British Democracy

David Cameron rigged the 7 May 2015 election and planned to gerrymander the constituency boundaries in 2016 on the basis of a vastly reduced British electorate - the great majority of the voters who were removed from the rolls were non-Conservative voters.... [read more]

Expelled for being a socialist: victim of the #LabourPurge

UNISON activist Terry McPartlan arrived home one day to find a letter stating that he’d been expelled from the Party after 36 years of continuous membership.... [read more]

Putting Labour Together Again

Former Labour shadow cabinet minister, Bryan Gould, explains how a parliamentary party ready to unite behind its leader would in turn invite and deserve a considered response from Corbyn... [read more]

The British Chicken Coup: 172 Labour MPs against a pro-Corbyn party

As soon as the result of the EU referendum was announced, the attempted coup – or Chicken Coup, as some named it – was in full swing.... [read more]

Petty Corruption

Many years ago I received a phone call from the Prime Minister's office. I was told that Yitzhak Rabin wanted to see me in private... [read more]

Junior doctors’ struggle escalates as Tory desperation shows

So far this year, junior doctors – for the first time in over 40 years – have taken two days of industrial action in defence of their terms and conditions, and to defend the NHS against Tory cuts and privatisation.... [read more]

Optimism of the Will

Optimistic? Today? When the Israeli peace camp is in deep despair? When home-grown fascism is raising its head and the government is leading us towards national suicide?... [read more]

How David Cameron's Coalition Government Stole the 2015 General Election

This article is an edited extract (from section 3.9) of the book How David Cameron Fixed The 2015 General Election and Much Else ... [read more]

Building the Fight against Austerity

It has been a depressing few weeks for the supporters of the Labour Party’s new leader Jeremy Corbyn... [read more]

Mislead: “to give false or misleading information to” (Collins Dictionary)

How wrong, devious and duplicitous can one man be? For how long can he now avoid justice?... [read more]

What’s wrong with Britain?

One glance on Sunday morning at The Guardian website demonstrated quite clearly what is wrong with Britain – and, probably, the rest of the ‘developed’ world... [read more]

Jeremy Corbyn’s Speech at the Labour Conference

The politicos still don’t get it. The public do... [read more]

The Syrian Crisis is Part of a War Waged on Russia by the West

The roots of the current Syrian refugee crisis lie in the adoption of regime change as a key plank of US and NATO foreign policy... [read more]

“What’s in a Name?”

Dr Faysal Mikdadi asks if first names are linked with the individual name holder's GCSE results... [read more]

Britain – no longer ‘Great’ but doomed to another 5 years of pain

Lesley Docksey states: "On this dark and depressing day, our land needs us".... [read more]

Mr Cameron, The Tories & the mirage of compassionate conservatism: compelled to justify neoliberal politics at #ge2015?

As the British election campaign gathers momentum, it is of interest to reflect upon some aspects of the key debates... [read more]

Anti-What?

Uri Avnery asks if anti-semitism is on the rise in Europe... [read more]

John Cantlie writes from within Islamic State captivity… what messages should we take from his article?

Freedom of speech and expression has become a much debated concept depending who interprets and how it is defined... [read more]

How the media shafted the people of Scotland

Journalists in their gilded circles are woefully out of touch with popular sentiment and shamefully slur any desire for change, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Metro Gaza

Israeli journalist and former member of the Knesset, Uri Avnery, suggests a solution to the ongoing conflict in Gaza... [read more]

Owen Paterson Sacked: Is this the end of “badger bashing”?

All those working to protect our precious (and valuable) environment were greatly cheered to hear that finally we can wave goodbye to Owen Paterson... [read more]

Europe swings right as Spain turns left

All the chatter after the European Elections has been about the surge in the far right parties with the National Front in France and UKIP in the UK leading the charge. Yet in Spain the move has been markedly to the left, writes David Eade.... [read more]

On Democracy and Strike Ballots

Given the bloody nose Boris Johnson received from the well supported actions of RMT members in their dispute over the closure of ticket offices, it is not surprising that he should be lobbying Cameron to neutralise the union's opposition... [read more]

Ukraine: US Ambassador to Moscow’s 2008 Cable: “Nyet, Means Nyet – Russia’s NATO Engagement’s Red Line.”

Headlines in the mainstream Western media, and Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague, obediently echo White House propaganda... [read more]

Hungarians believe their politicians are corrupt

When Transparency International issued its report on election spending on Monday the section that captured the headlines was that showing that Fidesz would spend over double the legal limit – and get away with it. Fidesz stayed quiet on this revelation but needless to say the opposition parties took to the social media immediately, writes David Eade.... [read more]

Only Eight Per Cent of Abortions in Spain Would Be Legal Under the New Law

There have been many words spoken in Parliament in Spain about the new repressive anti-abortion law proposed by Rajoy’s Partido Popular Government... [read more]

The accessories to war crimes are those paid to keep the record straight

The BBC's Today programme is enjoying high ratings, and the Mail and the Telegraph are, as usual, attacking the corporation as left-wing... [read more]

Did an undercover cop help organise a major riot?

The wrongly convicted activist John Jordan claims the Met helped plan serious civil disorder. An independent public inquiry is now vital, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

From Austerity to Prosperity: Why I Am Running for California Treasurer

Welfare payments, health care for the poor, and benefits for the elderly and disabled have been slashed. State workers have been downsized... [read more]

The Disenchantment Of British Voters With Democracy

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, explains the need for politicians to restore public faith in the value of government and democracy in order to cure voter disaffection ... [read more]

Gibraltarians Demand Vote in EU In-Out Referendum

Dsvid Eade writes about the battle to ensure Gibraltarians are allowed to vote in the Conservative’s EU In-Out Referendum should the Tories be returned to power at the next UK election... [read more]

A Tale of Two Prime Ministers

George Tait Edwards comments on the comparisons and contrasts between the policies and personalities of Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minster of Japan, and David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom... [read more]

EU Urgently Needs To Put Its Democracy In Order

David Eade argues that democracy is under threat across the entire European Union... [read more]

Collapse in Support for Democracy

David Eade looks at the indicators suggesting Spaniards are losing faith in democracy... [read more]

Bulgaria elections: Widespread abuse but hope

I set off to Bulgaria after being selected by the Party of European Socialists to be part of the 100 plus team from all across the European Union to monitor the General Election. David Eade reports.... [read more]

Venezuelan elections

John Green provides an analysis of and background to today's election in Venezuela... [read more]

You are now leaving Working England, Welcome to Middle England: The socio-economic underachievement of Neo-Liberalism in attaining reduced class disparity

Since the economic reform of the 1980’s, politicians like Blair, Thatcher and Prescott absolutely believe that the working class no longer exists and the majority of UK citizens are now middle class, writes Elijah Pryor.... [read more]

Smart Phones, Dumb Companies

Phone companies do too little to ensure the minerals they use are conflict-free. Here's what you can do to hold them to account, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Battle to Save Democracy

Last week I spent several days in Budapest at a conference organised by the Party of European Socialists (PES), David Eade reports... [read more]

After Eastleigh

Labour’s disastrous showing at Eastleigh is a self-inflicted wound but it still needs a friendly critic and a critical friend, writes David Lindsay.... [read more]

Spain is the Most Corrupt Nation in the EU

LPJ Iberian correspondent, David Eade, shows how the Spanish people have lost faith in their politicians and national institutions... [read more]

Despite the NRA and the Ultra-Right Most Americans Favor Gun Controls

Thomas Riggins states that the majority of Americans support more gun controls to reduce and prevent the epidemic of violence in the US ... [read more]

You are now leaving Working England, Welcome to Middle England: The socio-economic underachievement of Neo-Liberalism in attaining reduced class disparity

Since the economic reform of the 1980’s, politicians like Blair, Thatcher and Prescott absolutely believe that the working class no longer exists and the majority of UK citizens are now middle class, writes Elijah Pryor. SOFT EDIT - ER 17/01/13... [read more]

Is Iran a threat?

Dr Faisal Mikdadi asks if Iran is a threat and if so, to whom?... [read more]

Mass media directing the masses

Luke Innes looks at the effect of mass media on the working class in Britain... [read more]

Paternal Vigilance

The LPJ's resident philosopher and arts correspondent muses on David Cameron's parenting skills, VIP security and the conclusions of some of our favourite television series.... [read more]

Advantage Hollande

David Eade on the increase in French left-wing voters and the possibility this might mean victory for Francois Hollande.... [read more]

UKs French set to oust Sarkosy

In his latest article on the upcoming French Presidential elections, David Eade looks at the crucial role French voters living in Britain will play in determining the winner... [read more]

Political policing

Still needs a lot of editing, especially last part...... [read more]

Spain's last election

David Eade contemplates the chances of the Left parties winning the Andalucían Parliamentary Elections on 25th March... [read more]

The government's tragic argument against opposition to NHS plans

When it comes to the Health Minister’s plans for the National Health Service, the patients are against it, the nurses are against it, the doctors are against it, even the government are against it, says Chris Mason-Felsing.... [read more]

Has Europe abandoned the Left?

David Eade looks at whether there is any truth in the claim that the people of Europe have turned away from the parties of the Left... [read more]

Waiting for False Prophets: The Puzzling Matter of the Israeli Liberals

Regardless of who may rule Israel, little change ever occurs in the country’s foreign policy, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Protest Movement or tourist attraction?

David Eade contrasts the Occupy movement in the UK with the 15-M movement in Spain... [read more]

The call for a UK amendment on the EU

There is a rising tide of Euroscepticism within mainstream political parties and on the floors of national Parliaments throughout the European Union, says David Lindsay.... [read more]

Wearing Your Heart on Your Lapel

W Stephen Gilbert reflects on the politics of poppy wearing, its dissociation in popular society from what it actually represents and its hijacking by politicians. ... [read more]

Mutiny on the Titanic

Uri Avnery reflects on recent events in Israel... [read more]

The real genius of the Big Society? It can only get Bigger

Tom Rollins shows how Cameron is using his concept of the ‘Big Society’ to launch a fresh class war... [read more]

Obama's Next War Project

For all its rhetoric on Iraq, history suggests the Obama administration is likely to embark on a new war, says Rhoderick Gates.... [read more]

Ban on Same-sex Marriage Must be Lifted

Marriage equality is the litmus test of David Cameron's commitment to gay rights, writes Peter Tatchell.... [read more]

The Cleggameron Coalition Comes to Power; the New Labour Era Ends.

Socialist Appeal's Rob Sewell reflects on the historic events of the past few days at Westminster.... [read more]

Fighting Corruption or Persecuting Political Opponents in Venezuela? A Response to the New York Times

James Suggett picks apart the New York Times' claims about alleged political persecution in Chavez's Venezuela.... [read more]

Talking Politics with Hratche Koundarjian

First-time voter Chris Mason-Felsing met with Labour's Hratche Koundarjian to discuss Labour's Gernal Election prospects.... [read more]

Berlusconi: Europe's Real Pandemic

The enormous popularity of Italy's right-wing demagogue is a reflection of the corrupt cynicism of contemporary mass culture, argues Paolo Mossetti.... [read more]

Muslims Must Not Pay Price for Europe’s Identity Crisis

Ramzy Baroud condemns the scapegoating of Muslims by European politicians who are unwilling to address their countries' most pressing social problems.... [read more]

Voting Reform Will Empower the Left

Changing Britain's electoral system would benefit Labour and radicalise politics, says Peter Tatchell... [read more]

Cuts, Cuts ... And Yet More Cuts!

Steve Jones argues that Britain's three main political parties are engaged in a 'race to the bottom' on public spending.... [read more]

Tories and Cuts: The Dangers Ahead

Whatever David Cameron may be saying publicly, massive public sector cuts will be a certainty if the Tories win the next election, as Steve Jones explains.... [read more]

Genetic Modification: A Pandora's Box

Tomasz Pierscionek dissects the arguments on both sides of the GM controversy.... [read more]

Political Crisis Deepens in Britain

Rob Sewell picks apart the media furore over the MPs' expenses scandal which has rocked British politics over the past fortnight.... [read more]

Colombian Government's Role in Human Rights Abuses

Garry Leech examines the appalling recent history of state-sponsored terrorism in Colombia under the US-backed President Uribe.... [read more]

Chavez Hopes Obama Will Stop US Aggression Against Venezuela

S.E. on the Venezuelan President's hopes for a constructive relationship with the incoming Obama administration.... [read more]

The New Labour Brand is Now Toxic

John Cruddas MP on why the Labour Party's present crisis calls for a rejection of the ethos of selfish individualism which defined the New Labour project.... [read more]

Windfall tax: Good for the Country, Good for Labour

Zoe Gannon believes a progressive policy on taxation would help restore working-class support for Labour and revive the party's electoral prospects.... [read more]

Hypocrites Unite!

George Monbiot on Julie Burchill's ill-informed diatribe against environmentalists.... [read more]

Far Right Emerging in Austria - Again

Austria’s governing coalition has collapsed - will this lead to the rise of the far-right Freedom Party?... [read more]

Safety Initiatives are Criminalising Young People

As a new curfew is scheme is tried out in Cornwall, Matt Genner argues that such policies will only ostracise young people and perpetuate a culture of fear and isolation.... [read more]

Britain Sleepwalks Towards 42-day Detention

As the Brown government seeks to push through 42-day detention, Tom Bangay argues this latest counter-terrorism measure is impractical, unpopular, and an affront to civil liberties. ... [read more]

Saying Sorry: Does it Ease the Pain?

Now that the Australian government has apologised for the pain it caused to its Stolen Generation, Vanessa Stevens asks: What does the apology really mean for Australia? ... [read more]

The End of "The End of History"

David Brandon examines the discredited view that world history came to an end when the Berlin Wall came down.... [read more]

Can the US Democrats Harness the Growing sense of Injustice?

The Democrats must move away from pro-business policies to secure electoral victory.... [read more]

"Unfashionable" Balkan Nationalism?

Victor Petroff on the rise of right-wing populism in Bulgaria.... [read more]

Victory For Medvedev, But What Now For Putin?

Chris Bath considers the unresolved issues surrounding the recent Russian elections.... [read more]

Anti-FARC March Only Tells Part Of the Story

As millions march against the FARC in Colombia, Samuele Mazzolini considers the wider context of Colombia's internal security problems.... [read more]