Topic: Britain

  • The Labour Party: What is it good for?

    The future of Britain's Labour Party is murkier than ever, even as it is poised to make gains in general elections in May.

  • The bias at the BBC

    You can see why British conservatives would accuse the BBC of left-wing bias since many of the journalists are Tories.

  • UKIP downplays its racism

    The UKIP's dilemma is that moaning about immigrants is popular, but declaring certain types of foreigners inferior to "us" isn't.

  • Running scared of the UK Greens

    The argument from Britain's mainstream parties against voting for a radical alternative is that they're "unelectable."

  • The inadequate Brand?

    Left-wing actor Russell Brand is being dismissed as an unserious gasbag--but has anyone looked at his critics?

  • A new speed record for broken promises

    Days after vowing to hand over new powers to Scotland, British political leaders were debating which powers to take away.

  • The UKIP-ization of English politics

    The racist, right-wing UK independence Party won its first seat in British parliament and very nearly a second.

  • Getting tough on all of the above

    With an election ahead, Britain's major parties are competing for the title of who's toughest on...just about anything.

  • Stopping the school sellers

    Despite the best efforts of the "consultants," a British community rebelled against the school privatizers--and won.

  • Learning from Upton Park

    The international character of today's cosmopolitan city is before our eyes all the time--and so is the potential for solidarity.

  • Can we be independent of austerity?

    Many of the people who voted "yes" to Scottish independence appeared to mainly want independence from English austerity.

  • The tremors from Scotland

    The significance of the referendum on independence from Britain will continue to be felt long after the voting is over.

  • What's at stake in Scotland?

    Two articles from the rs21 website consider the factors at play in today's referendum on independence for Scotland.

  • The Yes side's secret weapon

    English political leaders are alternating between begging and open threats in urging Scotland not to vote for independence.

  • Saying yes in Scotland

    Momentum is shifting in an independence referendum in Scotland, with a "yes" vote a real possibility. What should the left say?

  • If you can't be the UKIP, act like them

    The Labour Party seems to think the best response to the success of the UK Independence Party is to copy it.

  • The establishment's outsiders

    The UK Independence Party's dire warnings of a flood of migrant workers into Britain have failed to materialize.

  • More radical by the year

    Tony Benn will certainly be remembered exactly as he said he wanted to be: "With the words, 'He inspired us.'"

  • Courageous and prophetic

    He could delineate an injustice with a single phrase--and make an unconventional position appear like common sense.

  • The real legacy of Tony Benn

    Benn upended the cliché that socialists grow more moderate as they age--on the contrary, he became more radical.

  • The climate according to Nigel Lawson

    One famous Thatcherite in Britain is blowing the whistle on the bunk about global warming causing extreme weather.

  • Clegg plays the same old song

    If it's "grown-up" for politicians to ignore what they said to get elected, then why have a campaign at all?

  • The curious fate of Tony Blair

    The former British prime minister is said to frustrated at his tarnished image. Too bad he used his office to support an unjust war.

  • The bankers' hard-earned bonuses

    The people who run banks need mega-bonuses as an incentive to maximize profits, which clearly benefits us all.

  • Who needs qualifications?

    The use of uncertified teachers in free schools in Britain should be applied to other workplaces, like hospitals or nuclear subs.