News International: what does it mean for civil society?

We’ve kept fairly quiet about the astonishing sequence of event that has unfolded over the past couple of weeks, preferring to take stock and seek to make sense of them on a broader scale. There has, of course, been an immediate seismic impact: the closure of the News of the...

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AV: All rise for a representative parliament

We seek to remain as neutral as possible in matters of politics. Inevitably, we find ourselves campaigning against specific government policies (including legislation introduced by our previous government and now being carried, relay-style, by our current one). We do so without...

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Public sector cuts: Are the police too keen on putting the kettle on?

We’ve written previously about the apparent enthusiasm for heavy-handed and authoritarian tactics amongst police officers in the UK. A paper by Liberty, (reported here in the Independent) who were brought in as independent observers of the protests against the public sector cuts...

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Misuse of authority: Are the police taking the law into their own hands?

We came across two disparate articles with significant similarities today. The first, George Monbiot’s comment in the Guardian, reels off a list of examples of British police apparently manipulating the law to suit their own ends. The killings of Jean Charles de Menezes and Ian...

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