Today, The Democratic Society (Demsoc) and the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) published a report titled Change at the Council: Independent Review of Governance for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Funded by the Local Government Association (LGA), this report is the result of months of research conducted by talking to residents, councillors, council […]
By Millicent Scott In western Europe democracy emerged during the 19th and 20th centuries as the process of choice for selecting national governors. It came to replace the birth-right power of monarchy and aristocracy to rule, or in some cases to legitimise the power of the monarch. In the UK for example, the democratically elected […]
By Millicent Scott This October, the Athens Democracy Forum will bring together actors from across the world to examine the current threats to democracy from the refugee crisis subsuming Europe, Africa and the Middle East and the rise of terrorist attacks which challenge the core ideals of democracy, to the rise of populism and the […]
The Democratic Society is more committed than ever to helping bring about a more participative democracy. Many people may feel a lot of cognitive dissonance around democracy right now. 17.4 million people seemingly disagree with 16.1 million people, and just fewer than 13 million people, who were eligible to vote but chose not to, have […]
Image by chrisjohnbeckett via Flickr Quick post – longer one disappeared into the ether – about protest networks. On Left Foot Forward, Aaron Peters is broadly sympathetic to the claims of UKUncut and other similar “open-source” protest movements, that they have come up with a new organisational model which works better for mass involvement than […]
2010 felt like a year where everything in the political landscape was thrown up in the air, first by the arrival of the coalition government, then by the spending cuts. Now we are in the year in which the first cuts will happen. Soon what was thrown in the air will start to land. At […]
Here’s a question to which I really want an answer, because I think I must be missing something obvious:
Does timebanking work in times like the present?
There’s a long post from Nat Wei on his blog, on timebanking and the Big Society. Here’s an illustrative extract:
The Guardian’s map of the public sector workforce (available here) is a beautiful thing, but its visuals imply that you can tell where the public sector job cuts will have the most effect. But because local government boundaries are so permeable, you can’t.
Lots of shouting about trade union influence in the Labour party today.
In thinking about how people respond to stories of union-led chaos, it’s worth remembering that the Winter of Discontent is outside the political memory of most people of voting age (though, due to differential voter turnout, not quite outside the memory of the majority of voters).
In 2015, when the next election is due, potential voters who were sixteen or over during the winter of discontent will be outnumbered 62:38 by those who were younger or weren’t born.