Society

  • Britain – The political future looks grim
    Brexit and Covid have done bad things to our country. The former was a deliberate stoking of built-up anger against a politically and economically flawed system. The latter has bagged a world-beating record – of killing more people per million than any country on earth. Contrary to many commentators, that the Brexit debate is over,…
  • Lord Ashcroft – Tory donors outsourcing firm lands £350m vaccination contract
    By Peter Geoghegan and Russel Scott: A healthcare company ultimately controlled by a leading Tory donor and former party chairman, Lord Ashcroft, has received a £350m contract as part of the government’s COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, openDemocracy has learned. Last month the Department of Health and Social Care gave the lucrative contract to Medacs Healthcare plc. In recent…
  • How use of drones to secure borders threatens all our rights
    A new report published by Drone Wars UK investigates the increasing use of military-style drones by governments to patrol state borders. The study, which examines the use of drones at the borders of the UK, EU, US, Russia, China, Australia and elsewhere, concludes that drones are contributing to the militarisation of everyday borders as part…
  • HMRC has never opened a criminal investigation into a tax avoidance scheme used by a large corporation
    By George Turner: As reported in the Financial Times, HMRC has opened a number of criminal investigations into fraud following enquiries into transfer pricing schemes used by large corporations. News of this new approach first emerged in response to a question I posed to Simon York, HMRC’s Chief Investigations Officer. Mr York and I were…
  • Trump – What would have happened if fascist mob had seized control?
    By TruePublica: David North has played a leading role in the international socialist movement for 45 years. He is presently the national chairperson of the Socialist Equality Party (United States). Whatever your political views are in both the UK and the US, North makes some very interesting points that should not be simply overlooked or…
  • Free Speech – ‘What’s illegal offline should be illegal online’
    Open Rights Group has worked with David Allen Green of Preiskel & Co., who litigated the “Twitter joke trial” case on section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, to respond to the Law Commission’s review on the reform of the online communications offences. The Law Commission’s proposal, which aims to modernise the law in order…
  • The Tories using extremist platform Parler
    Analysts from the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) said that Parler had become a platform where the ideas of mainstream Conservative MPs coalesced with those of political extremists. Milo Comerford, senior policy manager at ISD, said: “By positioning themselves as a safe haven for free speech, platforms like Parler attracted a motley crew of ultra-libertarians,…
  • Brexit trade agenda threatens disastrous deregulation
    The director of Global Justice Now, Nick Dearden makes an appeal to the public to support their work of restraining this government and its toxic policies centred around the recently negotiated Brexit deal.   The Brexit trade deal with the EU might be completed, but the type of country Britain becomes next is still to…
  • Carbon capture and storage won’t work, critics say
    Carbon capture and storage, trapping carbon before it enters the atmosphere, sounds neat. But many doubt it can ever work. By Paul Brown: One of the key technologies that governments hope will help save the planet from dangerous heating, carbon capture and storage, will not work as planned and is a dangerous distraction, a new report…
  • Tory donor linked to Russian corruption allegations awaits £1bn UK contract
    A Russian tycoon whose company and its directors have donated £1m to the Conservative party was chairman of a company in his home country of Russia – alleged to have been linked to a corruption scandal, now awaits UK government approval for a billion-pound construction project. Being a Tory donor really does pay dividends.  …
  • The Painful Reality of Boris Johnson’s Hard Brexit Deal
    Johnson’s government has been consistently incompetent in its implementation of Brexit. The realities of being outside of the EU Single Market and Customs Union are beginning to break through Johnson’s façade of unicorn promises. The PM’s Hard Deal Sunlit Uplands will reveal themselves as nothing but a feeding ground for Brexit unicorns. By John Ryan:…
  • Could what happened in America – happen in the UK?
    TruePublica Editor: Many commentators watching events in America state that it is simply not possible for such things to happen in Britain. Human Rights Watch doesn’t agree. In fact, HRW takes the view that Boris Johnson’s government will do lasting damage to the democratic fabric of Britain. Headlines like – “Boris Johnson’s Trump-style assault on…
  • Was It All Worth It?
    By TruePublica Editor: It’s easy to say anything in hindsight – but looking back now, would those that voted for Brexit still do so, or those who voted for Boris Johnson hand him the keys to Downing Street given his mismanagement of the Covid pandemic? We know that Brexit would be defeated today given the…
  • Don’t forget who is coming to pillage post-Brexit Britain
    By TruePublica: No country has willingly left a postwar trading bloc, especially one of the three global super-powers of today. And because there is no precedent, it is true to say that not only does Brexit represent a very large threat to Britain’s economic future prospects – it does so because it’s just a gamble.…
  • This hard Brexit means the Europe question will live on in the UK
    A Brexit deal is now in place, so are the implications of a clean break with the EU that are becoming clearer. This hard Brexit means the Europe question will live on in the UK. By Michael Cottakis: We now have a Brexit deal. It is a deal which was met with a sigh of…
  • House of Lords – undermining the country
    Overhauling Parliament’s London-dominated second chamber, the House of Lords, would help empower the UK’s nations and regions, writes a senior director at the Electoral Reform Society. By Willie Sullivan: It’s been a year since Boris Johnson’s victory in the 2019 general election, an election won with a commitment to ‘level up’ those communities left behind.…
  • State Propaganda in Action – Boris Johnson the ‘Liberal’
    By Sam Fowles: Those saying that what’s happening in the US couldn’t happen here should take a look at the record of Boris Johnson. In the past fortnight the UK has left the EU and plunged into a third lockdown (the latter some two weeks after doing so was recommended by the government’s medical advisers),…
  • A Catastrophic Indifference to Human Need
    A project that took ten years of research has unearthed an alarming trend by successive governments since 1992, for UK social policy reforms to create preventable harm in areas as sensitive as welfare claims management. Just as alarming, these policies have been heavily influenced by a notorious American insurance corporation that promoted fiscal priority over health…
  • Opportunity or Race to the Bottom?
    Let’s not forget what really happened. It was former Prime Minister David Cameron who recklessly gambled the future of the United Kingdom in order to contain some rampant right-wing whingers. It led to a politically toxic and divisive atmosphere where an opportunistic Boris Johnson, who merely attached himself to the Brexit bandwagon, arrived at the…
  • CCTV – The most-surveilled commuter boroughs in London
    Research by UK network data cabling infrastructure company ACCL has found that London is the most surveilled city in Europe with around 630,000 CCTV cameras watching 9.6 million inhabitants in the UK capital. That’s 68 cameras per 1,000 Londoners. People living in Paris, Madrid and Athens are surveilled far less with between 3 and 11…
  • Has Britain Has Lost Itself?
    A letter written by Peter Grumble, published in the New York Times on the 1st January gives not just an idea of what some people are experiencing with Brexit – but also how it is being reported around the world. Global Britain has been very badly damaged since the referendum and the jury is out…
  • American right-wing funders back GB News ready for launch
    By TruePublica: Benjamin Ward, the Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia Division at Human Rights Watch recently and very publicly accused Boris Johnson of systematically dismantling the democratic fabric of Britain. The illegal suspension of parliament was cited of course, but so was the gaming of appointments to parliamentary committees that scrutinise government policies.…
  • The Fight Against AdTech and its harmful civil liberty abuses
    TruePublica Editor: For over five years now, TruePublica has warned its audience about creeping surveillance and adtech systems that are not just ubiquitous but dangerous to the functioning of a healthy nation-state. This was never about a few companies grabbing your online history and selling it to others in order that you would buy their…
  • Looking Ahead to 2021: COP26, Clean Air, and Biden’s Next Steps
    By Phoebe Cooke – DeSmogUK: A calamitous year of lockdowns, tiers, and certainly tears, have left us reaching for 2021 like sun-starved plants in a darkened room. The last 12 months have also been a stark reminder of how far we are still from intersectional justice: environmental, racial, political. After the year that’s been, it’d…