Category - political parties

  • 29 Oct 2013
  • 16 Jul 2013

    At the end of this month (July 2013), a small change will take place which will make not the tiniest ripple in the political fabric of our country. In fact, it will go completely unnoticed beyond my family and immediate circle of friends. That it represents a significant change in my life, is in that sense, neither here nor there.

  • 25 Mar 2013

    Politicians tend to become grandiose when they are trying to sell us an idea. The rhetorical use of the concept of 'nation' to corral us together under a conveniently high-sounding label has, in recent months, tried to sign us up to being both 'one nation' and an 'aspiration nation.'

  • 9 Oct 2012

    With 'the big three' parties all singing from the same austerity hymn sheet and promising cuts in social security that differ mainly in degree, says Simon Barrow, it is surely the most vulnerable in society who are set to be the biggest losers from the conference season political jamborees.

  • 22 Nov 2011

    Political reform group Unlock Democracy has called for the government to scrap its plans to introduce expensive elected police commissioner elections.

  • 21 Nov 2011

    Political parties must not use opposition to UK party funding as an excuse to block caps on donations, says leading political reform NGO Unlock Democracy.

  • 28 Oct 2011

    The Occupy protests, environmental movements and civic revolutions across the world are suggesting that there is a whole world of politics available outwith the narrow party perspectives that still dominate the electoral machinery of Western democracies, says Simon Barrow. Party posturing is looking increasingly irrelevant. A spirit of change is in the air.

  • 18 Sep 2011

    A new poll by the Committee on Standards in Public Life indicates widespread public mistrust towards major donors to political parties.

  • 6 Apr 2011

    One of the Church of Scotland’s most senior ministers has challenged the parties contending the 5 May elections not to hide their policy proposals.

  • 18 Sep 2010

    Leaders and representatives of five Church organisations meet with politicians and activists at the three largest party conferences this autumn.