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UK Democracy

Total 8 Posts

Six reasons Britain’s impending voter ID law is a bad idea

5 min read
Controversial new voter ID rules are due to affect local elections in May 2023 despite warnings from officials that there isn’t enough time.

Journalist arrests during climate protests show how the demonisation of protest threatens us all

5 min read
Eight journalists covering a protest on the M25 motorway were recently detained by police. Preemptively limiting media access is the hallmark of an authoritarian rather than democratic state.

Why Liz Truss finally lost control of MPs

5 min read
After years of testing the limits of British democracy, the government finally got a taste of its own medicine when Labour used a parliamentary mechanism to lay Tory divisions bare.

Is Liz Truss really a symbol of Western democratic resilience as China crowns Xi Jinping?

3 min read
No matter whether a system is democratic or undemocratic, a bad leader’s period in office could leave millions of broken lives in its wake.

The fall of Boris Johnson: Any democracy should look to his case and ask if it is enabling machiavellian leaders.

4 min read
Boris Johnson is not the first world leader to prioritise his own ambitions over meaningful governance. But his fall is a good moment for reflection on how far a democracy is prepared to tolerate, and even reward Machiavellian tendencies.

Boris Johnson’s claim of a ‘mandate’ from the people isn’t accurate.

5 min read
Fact-check: The ministers’ revolt against Boris Johnson wasn’t anti-democratic – it’s representative democracy in action. As for his claim to have a mandate from the people, it is misguided.

Democracy undermined: How elections in the UK are changing.

6 min read
The new Elections Act weakens the UK’s claim to be a beacon of democracy as 1.1 million people may not cast a vote at future parliamentary elections as a result of this reform.
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