While the political class continue fighting their internal battles over Brexit, a complicit corporate ‘mainstream’ have largely overlooked the plight millions of UK citizens blighted by neoliberal policies of successive UK governments. So is a revolution in order? Daniel Margrain uncovers what is fuelling our discontent…
The latest manifestation of the looming Brexit disaster is the revelation that citizens will be invited to stock-pile food.
It is by far the most emotive and divisive issue of a generation: Brexit has split families, ended relationships, derailed political careers and divided a country. But was the outcome of the EU referendum on the 23rd of June 2016 a rash, knee jerk decision, or had anti-EU feeling been building for many years? If Brexit was a long time in the making, we ask: Who were the real grandparents of Brexit?
Tony Blair – this is the man who last year encouraged Labourites to vote Lib Dem or Tory rather than vote for Jeremy Corbyn at the last election, over his EU views and his pro-justice, anti-war stance. We ask how far Labour has strayed from its base.
When talking about the internet, we like to assume it is a powerful utility that enhances democracy. But instead of improving our understanding and informing our political choices, social networks and social media actually narrows the debate and closes down free speech. Electorates across the world are being manipulated by tech monopolies that are collating our data and using it to appeal to our prejudices. In short, digital is killing democracy. We went to the Netherlands to meet André Krouwel, a political scientist who thinks differently about the power and influence of social media.