smerconish.com

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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.

theintercept.com

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

Trump, Vance, and the New Right at the RNC 

19 July 2024 @ 8:00 pm

Emily Jashinsky of “Counter Points” discusses Republican National Convention takeaways with Ryan Grim. The post Trump, Vance, and the New Right at the RNC  appeared first on The Intercept.

The List of Conservative Groups Abandoning Project 2025 Keeps Growing

19 July 2024 @ 5:13 pm

The Intercept keeps finding more conservative groups that were quietly removed from the Project 2025 website. The post The List of Conservative Groups Abandoning Project 2025 Keeps Growing appeared first on The Intercept.

LA City Council Considers Paying Former IDF Soldiers to Patrol Its Streets

18 July 2024 @ 9:17 pm

Security group Magen Am’s staff also includes a former Navy SEAL who posted a video of waterboarding his own child. The post LA City Council Considers Paying Former IDF Soldiers to Patrol Its Streets appeared first on The Intercept.

I Watched Groypers Descend on Detroit — Where They Were No Longer Pariahs Among Mainstream Republicans

18 July 2024 @ 6:02 pm

For a time, associating with Nick Fuentes was enough to tank a career in GOP politics. Now, it hardly seems to matter. The post I Watched Groypers Descend on Detroit — Where They Were No Longer Pariahs Among Mainstream Republicans appeared first on The Intercept.

Conservative Organizations Are Quietly Scurrying Away From Project 2025 

17 July 2024 @ 7:14 pm

Joining the exodus from Project 2025 is Americans United for Life, a national anti-abortion group. The post Conservative Organizations Are Quietly Scurrying Away From Project 2025  appeared first on The Intercept.

On Abortion, J.D. Vance Is the Bridge Between Trump and Project 2025

17 July 2024 @ 6:09 pm

Project 2025 and Vance agree: “The Dobbs decision is just the beginning.” The post On Abortion, J.D. Vance Is the Bridge Between Trump and Project 2025 appeared first on The Intercept.

My Family’s Long and Painful Relationship With the FBI

17 July 2024 @ 3:06 pm

Decades before the FBI targeted me for my journalism, its treatment of my uncle, an FBI agent, devastated our family. The post My Family’s Long and Painful Relationship With the FBI appeared first on The Intercept.

The Local Police Department Responding to Trump Shooting Has No Chief

16 July 2024 @ 7:30 pm

Amid questions about authorities’ actions and coordination, the local Butler Township cops had a leadership vacuum. The post The Local Police Department Responding to Trump Shooting Has No Chief appeared first on The Intercept.

How I Got a Truly Anonymous Signal Account

16 July 2024 @ 10:03 am

Yes, you can use Signal without sharing your personal phone number. Here’s how I did it. The post How I Got a Truly Anonymous Signal Account appeared first on The Intercept.

How Clarence Thomas Cleared Trump’s Path in Classified Docs Case

15 July 2024 @ 6:41 pm

Judge Aileen Cannon followed the playbook from Thomas’s solo opinion in the Trump immunity case. The post How Clarence Thomas Cleared Trump’s Path in Classified Docs Case appeared first on The Intercept.

questioneverything.io

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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.

thefreedomcycle.com/pub/

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

goodlawproject.org

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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.

whocanivotefor.co.uk

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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.

Conservative Party risks being ‘consigned to history’, Robert Jenrick warns

19 July 2024 @ 9:00 am

The Conservative Party may not be at its “lowest ebb”, former immigration minister Robert Jenrick has warned.  The post Conservative Party risks being ‘consigned to history’, Robert Jenrick warns appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

How a Keir Starmer government can tackle the criminal justice problem 

19 July 2024 @ 6:45 am

After the first King’s Speech under Keir Starmer and a blitz of policy announcements, the new government has hit the ground running. NHS waiting times, “small boat” crossings and the cost of living are all high on the priority list, but Number 10 has been quick to act on the issue of criminal justice as... Read more » The post How a Keir Starmer government can tackle the criminal justice problem  appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy to deliver ‘historic’ address as he briefs UK cabinet

18 July 2024 @ 9:30 pm

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy will be hosted by the prime minister at a meeting of the cabinet on Friday. The post Ukraine’s Zelenskyy to deliver ‘historic’ address as he briefs UK cabinet appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Keir Starmer announces £84m aid package to ‘grip migration crisis’ — full speech

18 July 2024 @ 5:26 pm

Keir Starmer has announced £84 million of new funding for projects across Africa and the Middle East to curtail migration. This includes humanitarian and health support, the prime minister said, as well as skills training and access to education. The prime minister said this is a “vital part of gripping the migration crisis”. “And it... Read more » The post Keir Starmer announces £84m aid package to ‘grip migration crisis’ — full speech appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Why a defeated Rishi Sunak suddenly seems so statesmanlike

18 July 2024 @ 1:27 pm

The below content first appeared in Politics.co.uk’s Politics@Lunch newsletter, sign-up for free and never miss this essential briefing. Rishi Sunak is no stranger to political regeneration. As prime minister, he vacillated wildly between strategies — leaping onto any passing bandwagon before eventually careering off course. In office Sunak symbolised, depending on his strategist’s inconsistent whims, all... Read more » The post Why a defeated Rishi Sunak suddenly seems so statesmanlike appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Pensions adequacy review: from commitments to delivery

18 July 2024 @ 11:50 am

By Tim Fassam, Director of Public Affairs at Phoenix Group  “We will also undertake a review of the pensions landscape to consider what further steps are needed to improve pension outcomes…” (Labour Party Manifesto, 2024) Labour’s commitment to review the pension landscape in its manifesto was broadly welcomed by the pension industry. In an open... Read more » The post Pensions adequacy review: from commitments to delivery appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Government ‘failed its citizens’ on Covid due to flawed pandemic planning, inquiry finds

18 July 2024 @ 11:08 am

The UK's citizens were "failed" by their governments' processes, planning and policy ahead of the Covid pandemic. The post Government ‘failed its citizens’ on Covid due to flawed pandemic planning, inquiry finds appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

King’s Speech 2024: The key moments as Labour set out legislative programme

17 July 2024 @ 6:21 pm

King Charles III today outlined over 35 pieces of legislation that prime minister Keir Starmer will focus on for the opening year or so of his government. The new Labour government’s plans include “getting Britain building” by delivering 1.5 million homes and nationalising the country’s railways, King Charles announced. A day of pomp and ceremony... Read more » The post King’s Speech 2024: The key moments as Labour set out legislative programme appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

King’s Speech: Keir Starmer unveils ‘change’ agenda — now he must deliver

17 July 2024 @ 1:43 pm

The two-child benefit cap is probably Starmer’s foremost vulnerability at this early stage in his premiership. The post King’s Speech: Keir Starmer unveils ‘change’ agenda — now he must deliver appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

‘Security, fairness and opportunity for all’ — the King’s Speech 2024 in full

17 July 2024 @ 10:49 am

The first Speech from the Throne under a Labour government in 14 years emphasised securing economic growth. The post ‘Security, fairness and opportunity for all’ — the King’s Speech 2024 in full appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

artsparty.org.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.

theyworkforyou.com

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Keeping tabs on the UK’s parliaments & assemblies

New in Alaveteli: explore CSVs in Datasette

16 July 2024 @ 8:11 am

We’ve recently added the ability to explore CSV files via a Datasette instance.

mySociety’s approach to AI

10 July 2024 @ 9:20 am

We’re making our internal AI Framework public as a way of being transparent about the kind of questions we’re asking ourselves about using AI in mySociety's tools and services. 

New in Alaveteli: importing & presenting blog posts

9 July 2024 @ 8:53 am

New functionality on our Alaveteli FOI platform allows you to highlight blog posts and case studies on the homepage.

Updating TheyWorkForYou on election night

6 July 2024 @ 9:14 am

My colleague Alex has already written about looking forward from this election, so here I am going to look back at the technical work that was involved for the election, and in getting all the new MPs into TheyWorkForYou. Boundary changes This election was the first UK Parliament election with boundary changes since 2010. Due…

TheyWorkForYou – now with the new MPs

4 July 2024 @ 9:02 pm

Most seats have now declared a winner (with a few recounts ongoing) and the Labour Party has won a large majority in Parliament. That will mean a change in government and big changes to what happens in Parliament in the next few years.  Understanding your new MP New MPs have been added to TheyWorkForYou –…

Dive back into TICTeC 2024

2 July 2024 @ 12:51 pm

Whether or not you were lucky enough to attend TICTeC in person earlier this month, you can now experience it all over again. Where there are videos and slides for a session, you can access them via the Schedule page. Just click on ‘see session detail’ to see which resources there are. Or discover all the videos via the…

Warm welcomes and fond farewells

28 June 2024 @ 10:34 am

We’re hugely excited to be warmly welcoming an incredible set of new trustees onto the mySociety Board. We’re delighted to have six new board members round our table: Alastair Tibbitt is a journalist and digital audience specialist with decades of experience in digital media and developing new models for public interest news. He currently works…

How a payslip taught France about their Transparency rights

20 June 2024 @ 8:49 am

Have you ever wondered what the Prime Minister’s payslip looks like? We’re not talking about how much he’s paid — that’s a matter of record — but the actual paper document. Over in France,  Xavier Berne from the Alaveteli-based site Ma Dada has just created a bit of a stir by receiving Emmanuel Macron’s fiche…

TICTeC 2024 – that’s a wrap!

14 June 2024 @ 9:58 am

We’ve just come back from two intense days packed with presentations from the wonderful global community of civic tech practitioners. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who made TICTeC 2024 possible: our wonderful speakers, delegates both on the ground and joining us remotely; sponsors the National Endowment for Democracy, the team of red-shirted mySociety staff who made everything…

Did you know that FixMyStreet reports can be sent directly into backend systems?

13 June 2024 @ 10:36 am

Using Open311 you can receive reports from FixMyStreet.com and the app directly into your backend system(s) instead of via email.