Commentary

Regular comment and analysis from some of our staff and associates.

  • May 10, 2011

    Football is woven into the historical, cultural and social fabric of communities in Scotland and across Britain, but media attention to 'soccernomics' focuses heavily on the English Premier League, says Simon Barrow. There are some clear reasons...

  • May 10, 2011

    Sharing ideas at a local, regional and national level, and discussing how to respond to the threat of cuts, will not always be easy, says Savi Hensman. But it is vital if those who are poorest and most vulnerable are to be protected and a...

  • May 9, 2011

    There can be no one who voted or campaigned for the Alternative Vote who believed it to be anything other than a first step towards full reform of the electoral system. Initially, Nick Clegg's petulant description of it as a “miserable little...

  • May 8, 2011

    There are serious questions to be asked about the unity pact between the two Palestinian factions of Fatah and Hamas, says Harry Hagopian. But meanwhile the Israeli prime minister remains dwarfed by the real significance of the Arab Spring, and a...

  • May 6, 2011

    Will the five different polls that took place on 5 May 2011 prove to be a watershed for politics in Britain? It depends where you see the axis for change and the key tipping points, says Simon Barrow. There are at least two distinct ways of...

  • May 5, 2011

    So President Obama has decided that he will not release the image of Osama bin Laden’s body. The reason, he says, is that it could be used for propaganda purposes by terrorist organisations. How about the fact that making public the blood-stained...

  • May 5, 2011

    The main arguments used by the 'No to AV' campaign are, if taken to their logical conclusion, arguments against democracy. Every one of their leading arguments could be used an argument against holding elections at all.

  • May 5, 2011

    For the last 15 months, Ryan Gallagher has here been chronicling the debate around the Alternative Vote (AV) referendum for OurKingdom, the UK section of the groundbreaking openDemocracy website and forum.

  • May 5, 2011

    There was a tremendously good ‘Yes to Fairer Votes’ rally last night. We sat in the raked theatre of the Royal Institution where the great 19th century experiments were tested that opened the way to the modern era. Will we be so lucky with the...

  • May 5, 2011

    Ekklesia believes that Beliefs and Values Education (what is currently called RE) should be part of the National Curriculum in schools - and in line with that, an element in the English Baccalaureate.

  • May 3, 2011

    The Salafi-jihadist movement is losing its recruitment pool in the Arab world, says Murad Batal al-Shishani, an Islamic groups and terrorism issues analyst. Al-Qaida and others' latest strategies look elsewhere, and the death of Osama Bin Laden...

  • May 3, 2011

    No matter which way the winds blow in the weeks ahead, it is clear that the majority of Syrians desperately seek reform but they also fear sectarianism and foreign intervention, says Harry Hagopian. Much will depend upon how parties both inside...

  • May 3, 2011

    "I and my group of 9/11 victims' relatives hope we will take this opportunity to restore the US to the path of justice, not war," says Andrea LeBlanc in a moving article for the Guardian newspaper entitled 'America after Osama bin Laden'.

  • May 2, 2011

    The incongruity appeared to raise little comment. At a wedding - perhaps one of the most tender of human ceremonies in its manifestation of love and hope - all the principal male figures wore the uniforms of forces whose business is armed...

  • May 2, 2011

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's call on the Taliban and al-Qaida to renounce violence in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden is a statement from the heart of a world power which feels a renewed sense of vigour in the light of what...

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