Category - political parties

  • 24 Jun 2014

    As parties draw up their manifestos ahead of the General Election, Christian Aid, its supporters and faith groups are demanding that action to tackle climate change be at the heart of parties’ plans for government.

  • 28 May 2014

    We must not be trapped in a narrative of overwrought claims if we are to understand and respond to Ukip's increased vote, says Jill Segger. She suggests the mainstream parties must show respect for the voters and humility about their own failures.

  • 21 May 2014

    On the eve of the European elections, patriotism – or at least politicians' appropriation of that condition – is much in the air. I shall refrain from any temptation to refer to scoundrelly tendencies and consider instead, the gentler, and what I believe to be the more fruitful concept of a 'sense of place.'

  • 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.