How do we take back control?

  Digital democracy & democratic deficit in the EU The Democratic Society are working on a project to find out how people would like to communicate ideas directly to the institutions of the European Union. It’s about citizens feeding in to policy-making and having a say more than just once every five years in the European […]

Britain can be the real winner of the EU referendum: why we all need to be talking about Europe

  ‘How (not) to talk about Europe’  is a recent publication from the independent think tank Britain’s Future, that advises both the ‘In’ and ‘Out’ campaigns to change their narrative so as to involve and engage the wider public, leaving a lasting legacy of public participation. In this sense, we all need to be talking about […]

Who should vote in the EU referendum?

Who should vote in the European referendum? You’re likely to see a lot of political debate about it in the next couple of months, but the answer to the question is not just a matter of political calculation. It depends on what you think the EU is, and what a referendum is meant to do. […]

#Openpolicy goes to Brussels

Yesterday I gave a talk to a group of staff at DG Connect in Brussels, as part of their Tuesday Conversations series, talking about Open Policy in the UK and projects such as NHS Citizen. Thanks to Prabhat Agarwal and Vessela Karloukovska for the invitation. What I said The slides I used are below. Open […]

@fhollande (hearts) Gov1.0

I’m not sure whether political manifestos really describe the state of a nation’s politics, but they give strong hints. Reading François Hollande’s “60 commitments for France“, it’s a shame to see no echo of the discussions about new models for public services that you hear in the UK. François Hollande, the Socialist candidate for president […]

A little bit of politics, Danish style

I happened to be in Denmark on election day last week, and was lucky enough to have some Danish friends to both show us around and talk politics. A few things struck me strongly from dipping my toe into Danish politics. Firstly, turnout – Deep in conversation about what polling day is like in Denmark (much like […]

Britain is fettering Irish sovereignty to guard its own

Image via Wikipedia Long but worthwhile blog over on Nosemonkey‘s site, which takes a look at the debate on the EU Referendum Bill, and specifically at what the amendments say about Bill Cash’s attitude to and knowledge of the British constitution. Clive is justifiably worried that Britain will use the threat of a referendum to […]

Lunchtime list for June 17th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Commons needs to be more ‘box office’, says Sir George – Sir George Young has given a speech on how to make the role of Parliament better-known and increase coverage of Parliamentary debates. L’Europe attend les architectes – Jacques Delors (of Up […]