Category: politics

Invisible Hands

Dark money is undermining our democracies, and it’s never darker than when channelled through lobby groups masquerading as think tanks

A Revolution Has Begun

The little-known history of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in a New York primary hints at a coming transformation in US politics

Vote Often

Our representative democracy is scarcely worthy of the name. 21st Century politics demands a more participatory system

Secrets and Lies

Brexit should be halted until we know who paid for the Leave vote

Vote in Hope

This election could transform our captured, corrupted nation. The outcome, as ever, belongs to those who turn up

The Destructive Party

Those who claim to be “conservatives” would shred the very fabric of the nation.

Scot Free

Why would Scotland wish to be tethered to the political wasteland south of the border?

Use IT or Lose it

Digital technologies could be used to destroy democracy, or to save it.

All Together Now

This is how to stop demagogues and extremists: rebuild community.

All About That Base

Our democracies are broken, debased and distrusted. Here are some ideas for restoring them.

The Fortifying Commons

In the first of a series of columns about possible solutions, I explore how commons could transform society and the distribution of wealth

The Misinformation Machine

Donald Trump’s staff are drawn from an opaque network of corporate-funded thinktanks and fake grassroots campaigns

What We Are

Democracy cannot work as it is meant to; human nature does not allow it.