political debate

  • April 22, 2016

    The life-blood of Parliamentary democracy is difference. Where a single view of society goes uncontested, tyranny can be the only outcome.

  • October 24, 2013

    The political reform group Unlock Democracy has called for the House of Lords to be replaced by a fully elected second chamber.

  • September 30, 2013

    It hasn't been a good fortnight for forbearance and self control in the political arena.

  • September 17, 2013

    Last week, Newsnight editor Ian Katz mistakenly made public a Twitter comment intended to be private. In describing the shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury as “boring, snoring Rachel Reeves”, he went beyond embarrassing himself and his programme, he pointed up a tendency which diminishes a great deal more than politics.

  • September 30, 2012

    For those outside the bubble of partisanship, the party conference season is likely to induce varying degrees of irritation and despondency.

  • February 7, 2012

    The astonishing failure of humanity and empathy apparent in the content of the Welfare Reform Bill and in the conduct of much of the parliamentary debate around it, reflects poorly on our politicians, says Jill Segger. She suggests that our adversarial and excessively partisan politics creates a culture in which MPs thrive by denying their better selves.

  • May 30, 2011

    Point-scoring and opportunist politics alienates the electorate, says Jill Segger. If the "new politics" of May 2010 is to have any meaning, politicians and party activists must find a way of combining the legitimate battle of ideas with a more consensual and creative approach to the common good.