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Articles By Kirsty Hughes

Brexit and the Future of the UK

Brexit is a Conservative Party policy-idea that got out of hand. The collapse of the centrist and liberal Tory leadership created a vacuum for hardliners within the party, in the right-wing media, and in other smaller parties to occupy that space, and call for the reinvigoration of British exceptionalism through Brexit. Unfortunately, a political and constitutional crisis besets the United Kingdom, reducing the reality of British exceptionalism to Little England isolationism.

UK Elections

Though the Tories under David Cameron have won a second term with a majority, the United Kingdom's political mould has broken with the recent elections. Most significantly, Scotland is on a journey of its own--and a largely positive-looking one. Labour has to reinvent its political story and purpose, just as the LibDems have to. The support for both the UK Independence Party and the Greens suggests voters are looking more widely for answers to today's challenges. And Cameron's small majority may soon come to cause him problems.

UK General Elections

The new chaotic variety of British politics makes it clear that no single party is going to win a majority in the 7 May elections. Who will come first, and who they may be able to form a government with is uncertain. None of this is helped by the United Kingdom's lack of a written constitution, and the increasing inadequacy of the first-past-the-post system in a time of political diversity.

UK General Elections

The new chaotic variety of British politics make it clear no single party is going to win a majority in the 7 May elections. Who will come first, and who they may be able to form a government with is uncertain. None of this is helped by the United Kingdom’s lack of a written constitution, and the increasing inadequacy of the first-past-the-post system in a time of political diversity.

 

Could the Kingdom Still Be United?

"Yes" or "no", the September vote on independence for Scotland will change the face of the United Kingdom. A vote for separation will be the result of a peaceful and democratic process, and it will pose questions for what will remain of the "United" Kingdom. Will there be a push by Wales for independence? What of Northern Ireland and its porous borders with Ireland? A vote for union - which polls now say enjoys a majority but which is narrowing - will yet have left Scottish politics revitalised and will lead to greater decentralisation.

Free Speech in the Digital World under Threat?

We are at a moment where the digital world can go either way - it can become a space of genuine free expression, one enjoyed by ever larger numbers of people or it can become a controlled and monitored space. Like any battle for free speech and fundamental rights, governments and other major players - in this case big web companies and internet service providers - must be held to account and challenged to defend our rights.