UK elections

Elections in the United Kingdom. Reflections on a dark moment and on a light of hope

The result of the UK elections was a hard blow to me for various reasons. Despite the negative forecasts and polls, I continued to hope, perhaps naively, for a victory of Jeremy Corbyn until the very end, because it would…

Establishment journalists have betrayed the ideals of the Fourth Estate

The reluctance of senior British journalists to accept their failures has put us all in greater jeopardy. The election result will probably just embolden them. Callum Alexander Scott for openDemocracy 13 December 2019 How unpleasant it has been over the…

[UK elections] Out of this darkness we must find the will to fight back

This is no time for recrimination and blame – let’s work together against this visionless government By George Monbiot for The Guardian Yes, it’s dark. Darker, arguably, than at any point since the second world war. We have a government not of…

Extinction Rebellion UK glue themselves to Tory battle bus

Extinction Rebellion UK glue themselves to Tory battle bus and ask the Conservative Government “Where have you been?” this #ClimateElection Extinction Rebellion UK activists dressed as bees swarm the Conservative battle bus at JCB Factory in Burton, Staffordshire Activists are…

The Tories aren’t the party of business – just the London financial elite

The Conservative Party used to look after big, nationwide businesses. Now it serves a finance industry based in a few small areas of the capital. Frances Coppola for openDemocracy Last Friday, openDemocracy revealed that a secretive group of business leaders…

[UK elections] Energy expert: here’s where Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn’s climate pledges leave the planet

Dénes Csala, Lancaster University for The Conversation The 2019 UK general election may be defined by Brexit, but the climate crisis has never loomed larger in the minds of voters. And the country’s two largest parties offer very different visions…

[UK] Concerns over ‘foreign interference’ as India-linked Hindu nationalist group targets Labour candidates

Campaigners linked to Indian prime minister Modi’s BJP say they’re targeting 48 Labour-Tory marginals, also prompting fears of heightened ethnic tensions. Sunny Hundal for openDemocracy Activists directly linked to India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party, the BJP, have vowed to campaign…

Facebook buffeted by storms, but can the scrutiny help prevent dark influence on the coming UK election?

UK lawmakers have been slow to act on Facebook’s influence on our democracy, though more outspoken when it comes to Facebook’s designs on international finance. Leighton Andrews for openDemocracy Facebook has come under pressure today to follow Twitter’s announcement and…

Boris Johnson to seek UK general election – but purging his party of rebels changes the rules of the game

Matthew Cole, University of Birmingham for The Conversation Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, has confirmed that he will call a vote on holding a general election if MPs legislate to block a no-deal Brexit. His pledge came after he…

The election’s biggest losers? Not the Tories but the media, who missed the story

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Trapped in their hall of mirrors the broadcasters and press wrote off Jeremy Corbyn. They have to change and reflect the world they report on. The election was a crushing defeat – but not…

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