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Refreshingly Independent Politics – smerconish.com is to create a clearinghouse for non-ideological thinking. We want to give people a chance to contribute to, and consume media that isn’t predicated on the usual, extreme talking points of the polarized media. Instead, we aim to promote independent thinking and diversity of thought.

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The Intercept is an award-winning news organization dedicated to holding mainstream views and misinformation.

How the ADL’s Anti-Palestinian Advocacy Helped Shape U.S. Terror Laws

21 February 2024 @ 7:07 pm

Long before 9/11, Zionist groups like the Anti-Defamation League lobbied for counterterror legislation that singled out Palestinians, a new report reveals. The post How the ADL’s Anti-Palestinian Advocacy Helped Shape U.S. Terror Laws appeared first on The Intercept.

Alabama Court Rules Frozen Embryos Made by IVF Are “Children”

20 February 2024 @ 7:22 pm

With Roe v. Wade dismantled, far-right courts are coming for all aspects of reproductive health care. The post Alabama Court Rules Frozen Embryos Made by IVF Are “Children” appeared first on The Intercept.

Life Inside the Brutal U.S. Prison That Awaits Julian Assange

20 February 2024 @ 11:00 am

Over two days this week, a U.K. court will hear Julian Assange’s appeal against extradition to the U.S. The post Life Inside the Brutal U.S. Prison That Awaits Julian Assange appeared first on The Intercept.

With Netanyahu Threatening Rafah Invasion, Biden Prepares to Send Israel More Bombs

17 February 2024 @ 1:19 pm

While pushing its tired narrative about Biden “losing patience," the White House remains dedicated to Israel’s war on Gaza. The post With Netanyahu Threatening Rafah Invasion, Biden Prepares to Send Israel More Bombs appeared first on The Intercept.

“America’s Fair-Haired Boy,” Notorious Mass Murderer, on Brink of Indonesian Presidency

17 February 2024 @ 11:00 am

Gen. Prabowo Subianto, who has been implicated in some of the country’s worst massacres, will soon be president of Indonesia. The post “America’s Fair-Haired Boy,” Notorious Mass Murderer, on Brink of Indonesian Presidency appeared first on The Intercept.

Primary Challenger Bankrolled by AIPAC Says Jamaal Bowman Takes Money From Hamas

14 February 2024 @ 7:14 pm

George Latimer offered no evidence to back up his allegation — and doubled down on his dark insinuations about Bowman. The post Primary Challenger Bankrolled by AIPAC Says Jamaal Bowman Takes Money From Hamas appeared first on The Intercept.

IDF Sent in Handcuffed Prisoner to Evacuate Hospital, Then Killed Him When He Left

14 February 2024 @ 6:27 pm

The young man, bound by zip-tie cuffs, delivered his Israeli captors’ message but was shot as he tried to walk out of the hospital gate. The post IDF Sent in Handcuffed Prisoner to Evacuate Hospital, Then Killed Him When He Left appeared first on The Intercept.

Israeli Group to Study MDMA Therapy for October 7 Survivors With PTSD

14 February 2024 @ 12:00 pm

The group MAPS Israel tackles a collective trauma, raising questions about the ongoing traumatization of Palestinians. The post Israeli Group to Study MDMA Therapy for October 7 Survivors With PTSD appeared first on The Intercept.

Nowhere Left to Go in Gaza as Israel’s Ground Assault on Rafah Looms

14 February 2024 @ 11:00 am

Tareq Baconi, author of “Hamas Contained,” on Israel’s assault on Rafah and the future of Palestine. The post Nowhere Left to Go in Gaza as Israel’s Ground Assault on Rafah Looms appeared first on The Intercept.

“Where Can We Go?”: Terror and Panic Set In as Israel Readies to Invade Rafah

13 February 2024 @ 5:21 pm

Palestinians in Rafah’s rapidly growing makeshift camps talk about all they have lost and endured throughout four months of Israel’s war on Gaza. The post “Where Can We Go?”: Terror and Panic Set In as Israel Readies to Invade Rafah appeared first on The Intercept.

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To critically evaluate the global response to COVID-19 and present a series of responsible pandemic exit strategies to help ensure that total harms are minimised.

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THE PEOPLE’S UNION OF BRITAIN
Taking back sovereignty through common law.

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The Good Law Project is a not-for-profit campaign organisation that uses the law to protect the interests of the public. The Good Law Project fight cases that defend, define or change the law and we use litigation to engage and educate. The Good Law Project challenge abuses of power, exploitation, inequality, and injustice.

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An updated list of candidates you can vote for the up and coming UK elections.

politics.co.uk

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Politics news from the UK.

Over 30 MPs back motion of no confidence in commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle

21 February 2024 @ 8:24 pm

Over 30 MPs have backed a motion of no confidence in House of Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle after a day of chaos in the chamber.  The post Over 30 MPs back motion of no confidence in commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

PMQs verdict: Starmer guns for Sunak’s likely successor

21 February 2024 @ 3:09 pm

Prime minister’s questions was never going to be the highest point of parliamentary drama today. The low-energy exchanges were, in essence, an admission that attention would soon turn to the more substantively significant commons event this afternoon: the debate on the SNP’s opposition day motion calling for an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza. Perhaps in knowledge... Read more » The post PMQs verdict: Starmer guns for Sunak’s likely successor appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Government has ‘complete confidence’ in nuclear deterrent despite failed missile test

21 February 2024 @ 8:54 am

A cabinet minister has stressed that the government has “complete confidence” in Britain’s nuclear deterrent following reports of a second failed test in eight years.  Victoria Atkins, the health and social care secretary, was questioned this morning after a Trident missile, tested as part of the UK’s nuclear deterrent programme, failed. The dummy reportedly “plopped”... Read more » The post Government has ‘complete confidence’ in nuclear deterrent despite failed missile test appeared first on Politics.co.uk

Keir Starmer backs ‘immediate humanitarian ceasefire’ in Gaza ahead of crunch vote

21 February 2024 @ 8:30 am

Labour could face another backbench rebellion over its Gaza stance during a crunch House of Commons vote today. That is despite calling for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” in the conflict, in what amounts to a significant shift in the party’s position. Labour has confirmed it will be pushing for an end to the fighting which, it says,... Read more » The post Keir Starmer backs ‘immediate humanitarian ceasefire’ in Gaza ahead of crunch vote appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Sammy Wilson: ‘The UK has a moral duty to resolve the Cyprus issue’

20 February 2024 @ 3:30 pm

The United Kingdom has a long history with many nations around the world. The strength of our relationships and diplomacy is reflected in the unparalleled and powerful Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth exists due to the moral duty that the UK has. A moral duty to those nations that were once part of the British... Read more » The post Sammy Wilson: ‘The UK has a moral duty to resolve the Cyprus issue’ appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Sunak faces fresh by-election headache after Scott Benton loses suspension appeal

20 February 2024 @ 11:07 am

An MP who was filmed offering to lobby for individuals posing as gambling industry executives faces a 35-day suspension. Scott Benton, who was elected as the MP for Blackpool South at the 2019 election, was found to have committed a “very serious” breach of parliamentary rules by the standards committee in December. The committee said... Read more » The post Sunak faces fresh by-election headache after Scott Benton loses suspension appeal appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

SNP accused of ‘siding with the energy giants’ by opposing Labour’s windfall tax plans

20 February 2024 @ 8:52 am

Humza Yousaf has been accused of “siding with the energy giants” after attacking Labour’s plans for an increased windfall tax on North Sea oil and gas. The Scottish first minister said the SNP would oppose Labour’s plan to lift the energy profits levy from 75 per cent to 78 per cent and extend it to... Read more » The post SNP accused of ‘siding with the energy giants’ by opposing Labour’s windfall tax plans appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Conservative Party donor says Rishi Sunak is not ‘right as a prime minister, full stop’

20 February 2024 @ 8:15 am

Conservative Party donor Lady McAlpine has said she would not vote for Rishi Sunak at the next election, saying he is not “right as a prime minister”. Lady McAlpine, a Boris Johnson loyalist who recently commissioned a poll indicating the former prime minister would perform better at an election than Sunak, was asked yesterday if... Read more » The post Conservative Party donor says Rishi Sunak is not ‘right as a prime minister, full stop’ appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

The politics behind Sue Gray’s plan for ‘citizens’ assemblies’

19 February 2024 @ 1:04 pm

It has been five months since Sue Gray began work as Keir Starmer’s chief of staff — in what amounted to her first foray into party politics. And in that time the former partygate investigator has established herself as a pivotal figure in the Labour leader’s inner circle. Insider accounts, duly briefed to columnist Patrick... Read more » The post The politics behind Sue Gray’s plan for ‘citizens’ assemblies’ appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

‘Full of lies’: Kemi Badenoch hits back at former Post Office boss in Horizon row

19 February 2024 @ 8:43 am

Business secretary Kemi Badenoch has hit back at the former chairman of the Post Office, accusing him of lying in a row over the handling of the Horizon scandal. Badenoch launched the attack on Henry Staunton, who was ousted by the business secretary last month, after he claimed that he had been told by a... Read more » The post ‘Full of lies’: Kemi Badenoch hits back at former Post Office boss in Horizon row appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

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Introducing arts thinking into politics and promoting creative, scientific and evidence based ideas that improve the lives of as many people as possible, while mindful of the few.

Arts Party Conference 2019

16 August 2019 @ 9:30 am

The Arts Party welcomes it’s first party conference from the heart of where water meets dirt, Brighton. We will be hosting debates for purposes of socialising, conversation and recreation. Located in Camelford Street, Brighton, BN2 1TQ, United Kingdom. All are welcome to attend, please use the contact form below to register your interest. [Fully booked] The post Arts Party Conference 2019 appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Dinner for few

9 June 2019 @ 12:41 pm

A short and stark reminder of the state of play in politics today/yesterday. Thanks to a Dinner for a few, award winner from Nassos Vakalis. DINNER FOR FEW from Nassos Vakalis on Vimeo. The post Dinner for few appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Scotland takes steps to put culture at the forefront of policy-making

6 July 2018 @ 9:31 am

A CULTURE STRATEGY FOR SCOTLAND – reflecting the past, challenging the present, shaping the future . The strategy seeks to stimulate a step change that will bring about a shift in how society and government view and value culture. It aims to build collaborative alliances that will help to realise the full potential of culture … Continue reading "Scotland takes steps to put culture at the forefront of policy-making" The post Scotland takes steps to put culture at the forefront of policy-making appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Arts teachers in decline

5 July 2018 @ 9:35 am

As well as a fall in teaching hours, the arts has lost almost a quarter (9000) of teachers working in secondary schools in England since 2011. Sourced from https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/arts-teacher-numbers-plummet-almost-quarter The post Arts teachers in decline appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Why the Arts Matter

12 May 2018 @ 7:11 am

We’ve come across a great graphic that really sums up why the Arts matter – enjoy! The post Why the Arts Matter appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Creativity and politics

17 April 2018 @ 11:19 am

Heather McGhee talks about the influence that music, film, and other arts can have on social change. https://thecreativeindependent.com/people/heather-mcghee-on-creativity-and-politics/ The post Creativity and politics appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Why is creativity the most important political concept of the 21st century?

17 April 2018 @ 11:15 am

There is no concept more politically important today than creativity. I’ll give four reasons why but first a definition. ‘Creative’ has narrow, broader and even broader connotations in English. It’s the last of these we should be most interested in. The narrow meaning immediately leads one to think of activities directly associated with the arts. … Continue reading "Why is creativity the most important political concept of the 21st century?" The post Why is creativity the most important political concept of the 21st century? appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Arts can help children avoid a lifetime of gang crime

14 April 2018 @ 11:05 am

Andria Zafirakou, who won the $1million title in Dubai last month, said subjects such as art, music and drama can transform the lives of vulnerable young people and give them the confidence to walk away from gangs. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/education/arts-can-help-children-avoid-a-lifetime-of-gang-crime-says-1m-prizewinning-teacher-a3813071.html The post Arts can help children avoid a lifetime of gang crime appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Creativity and the arts in decline

1 February 2018 @ 11:34 am

Creative arts subjects are being cut back in many secondary schools in England, a BBC survey suggests. More than 1,200 schools responded – over 40% of secondary schools. Of the schools that responded, nine in every 10 said they had cut back on lesson time, staff or facilities in at least one creative arts subject. … Continue reading "Creativity and the arts in decline" The post Creativity and the arts in decline appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Drawing the Future

20 January 2018 @ 10:34 am

A report launched by Education and Employers and found that children’s career aspirations only marginally differ from age 7 to age 17. It also showed that some sectors vital for economic health look set to be badly under-resourced in future. In the biggest survey of its kind, primary school children aged seven to 11 were … Continue reading "Drawing the Future" The post Drawing the Future appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

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Keeping tabs on the UK’s parliaments & assemblies

By-Election Briefing: Understanding boundary changes with the Local Intelligence Hub

16 February 2024 @ 2:03 pm

Last Thursday saw two by-elections and two new MPs elected. When the Kingswood and Wellingborough voters go to the polls for the upcoming general election, many will be voting for candidates in brand new constituencies, and won’t have the MP they’ve just elected on their ballot paper. What can the Local Intelligence Hub tell us…

The Local Intelligence Hub: our latest launch helps you put climate on the agenda

15 February 2024 @ 8:17 am

A general election is not far away, so get ready for heated conversations: on your doorstep, on social media and in the news. If you care about climate, we want you to be able to take part in those conversations with the facts at your fingertips. That’s why this week, we’re launching the Local Intelligence…

Democracy month notes – January

12 February 2024 @ 8:30 am

What are month notes? They are notes on what we’ve been working on… each month. It’s like weeknotes for lazy people.  We’ve been writing them for our Climate programme, and we’re building up to the point where we’ve got enough going on in our Democracy work that it’s worth establishing the habit of being clear…

TICTeC 2024: Call for proposals and registration now open

6 February 2024 @ 2:58 pm

TICTeC, our Impacts of Civic Technology Conference, will be returning for its 7th edition on 12th and 13th June 2024, in London and online. We’re delighted to announce that the call for proposals and registration for TICTeC 2024 are now open. TICTeC is all about sharing research, knowledge and experiences to examine and improve the…

Statement from mySociety regarding misuse of FixMyStreet data

6 February 2024 @ 9:01 am

We do not support the simplistic use of FixMyStreet data to compare, denounce or rank areas

Foodbanks and TheyWorkForYou alerts

22 January 2024 @ 9:16 am

Give Food is an independent UK charity, founded in early 2020. They run the only national public database of UK foodbanks, and provide an up-to-date index of what goods each one is asking to be donated.  Founder Jason Cartwright spoke to us about how Give Food makes use of TheyWorkForYou’s email alerts — and we…

Improving the register of MPs interests

17 January 2024 @ 3:01 pm

Tl;dr: We’re now releasing our register of interests data as a spreadsheet. High quality data about the external interests of our MPs and ministers is vital to identifying conflicts of interests, and discouraging politicians from having conflicts of interest in the first place. Lack of clarity on the interests and income streams of MPs is…

Climate monthnotes: January 2024 and a look back over 2023

16 January 2024 @ 9:29 am

January 2024 It’s full steam ahead in the mySociety Climate team for January 2024, with two chunky pieces of work occupying much of the team’s attention: First, our preparations for a public launch of the Local Intelligence Hub we’ve been building with The Climate Coalition. The Hub brings together data from public sources like government,…

Event recap: How can we make local climate data more useful for everyone?

20 December 2023 @ 4:30 pm

At the end of November, we were delighted to be joined by over 80 people at our webinar about making local climate data more useful. The recording is now available on YouTube, but we also wanted to capture the key messages from our speakers. Anna Powell-Smith, from the Centre for Public Data, highlighted the key…

Save the date: Our TICTeC conference is back! Join us in London for TICTeC 2024

15 December 2023 @ 2:13 pm

We’re very excited to announce that for the first time since 2019, we’ll be hosting an in-person (with virtual attendance options) TICTeC in June 2024.  TICTeC is our Impacts of Civic Technology Conference, which we’ve held in many locations across the world since 2015. This time we’ll be hosting it in London on 12th and…