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Locked out

Tara Paterson

In Florida, a person can be denied the right to vote if they have ever been convicted of a felony. Embarrassingly, I did not know this when I boarded a plane last week to go volunteer on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The threat of Donald Trump’s candidacy had felt so acute in mid-September that I figured…

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Reasons to be fearful

Andrew Fagan

Liberal democracy and scapegoating minorities The stupefying election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States offers the most spectacular example of the vulnerability of the values which liberal democracy is based upon. Forgive the alarmism, but 2016 risks marking the point at which liberal democracy began a slow (or rapid) descent into…

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Justice under siege

Lucy Rigby

Not everyone in the Labour Party agrees with one another at the moment. You may have noticed. Here however, is an area for incontrovertible agreement and unity: justice. The Tories’ approach to our fundamental rights and liberties is deplorable, dehumanising and, frankly, unpatriotic. It deserves universal and vocal opposition. Let’s start with that key pillar…