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  • Whisper it, but anger is giving way to decency in our politics

    March 17, 2020

    Anger is exhausting. There is only so long most people can sustain a state of permanent fury, let alone put up with it in others. It takes a lot of energy to remain at boiling point, ever vigilant to the next perceived outrage, and eventually most people burn out. It was this kind of longing for the shouting to stop, almost as much as Brexit fever, that Boris Johnson arguably tapped into with his wildly misleading promise to just get the whole leaving business over and done with. Paradoxically, it’s this same bone-weariness that may also eventually lead a polarised country towards some kind of healing.


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  • Mass MP walkouts 'could combat hate speech' in Parliament

    March 16, 2020

    Staging mass walkouts in Parliament to protest against "hate speech" is among the ideas being discussed by a new group of MPs and peers.

    The cross-party group says it wants to "put compassion at the heart of politics" - and is proposing a code of conduct for Parliament.

    The group - which met for the first time on Tuesday - is concerned about the "toxic" tone of debate.

    It also wants legislation to better protect future generations.

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  • We need to look further than Priti Patel, bullying in Parliament is rife

    March 16, 2020

    Another day has passed and more allegations of bullying by the Home Secretary Priti Patel have surfaced.

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  • Politicians write to BBC over "toxic" Question Time

    March 12, 2020

    A group of politicians have written to the BBC asking how the institution intends to tackle what they see as the growing “toxicity” of the politics show Question Time [1].


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  • Politicians to launch new group for compassionate politics

    March 02, 2020

    Tomorrow, Tuesday 3 March, politicians from at least five parties will launch a group aimed at changing the culture of politics and promoting policies and practices built on compassion.

    The group will be chaired by the Labour MP Debbie Abrahams and the Conservative Baroness Warsi. Other politicians involved in setting up the group include the MPs Tracey Crouch, Ben Lake, Caroline Lucas, Martyn Day and Baroness Ruth Lister.

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  • Where now for UK politics?

    February 16, 2020

    “Everyone has a right to subsistence. Everybody has a right to a home. Everybody has the right to work in the commons.” Prof Guy Standing at our conference "Where Now for UK Politics?"

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  • Public agree: politicians who deliberately lie should be treated as criminals

    January 17, 2020

    Polling released today finds that over two-thirds of people (68%) believe politicians who deliberately misled the public during the recent election campaign should now be subject to criminal investigation and prosecution [1].

    The polling comes following a bitterly divisive campaign described by many commentators as the most dishonest in living memory [2]. The fact-checking agency Full Fact concluded that “the vote was left wide open to misinformation and abuse” [3].  


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