Jakarta Governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama – informally known as Ahok – quoted the Quran in a bid to persuade voters to elect the next governor based on policy, rather than faith. That decision would land him in jail. Journalist Eden Gillespie explores the role that religion, identity politics and social media played in his political downfall.
Whilst politicians globally extol Danish democratic virtues, very few of them talk about the pernicious effects financialization has had on the country. The Danish economy is carrying huge levels of private debt which, unless managed, could undermine their much-vaunted democracy. Is trouble looming in the democratic utopia, and how do a new crop of politicians stop the […]
For far too long, the electorate has been spoken down to. The message was simple: politics is way too important to be put into the hands of the people. But the center ground and media monopoly wasn’t ever going to hold. There are many people of all generations who feel they have been marginalized by […]
There comes a point where the striving for ‘balance’ requires Lewis Carroll levels of delusion, says Jem Roberts… When the idea of writing this column was first put to me by a very kindly person with small birds twittering around their head, the issue of ‘balance’ was hit upon very quickly. ‘Political balance’ is something […]
This year’s presidential election has brought into sharp relief the fact that our justice system -in fact, our whole way of life – is in trouble. Mitch Feierstein explains how we if don’t take steps to protect our democracy now, we’ll lose it.