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What the complacent West must learn from Ukraine’s fight for democracy...

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Twenty years ago, Bernard Trafford worked with the Council of Europe on its Education for Democracy (EDC) project designed to “prepare young people to...

Two men in a pub: but it’s not one of those...

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Two old men meet in a pub, me and the Founding Father of Voice of the North, David Banks. Actually, we didn’t, because we...

Whatever happened to those sunny uplands of democracy? People fighting for...

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Our bit of the world, the UK,  remains beleaguered by (if now beginning to win against) the Covid pandemic: it seems nonetheless readier to...

Merely threatening to bypass Parliament on Brexit places our democracy on...

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More years ago than I care to remember, I was a very young school head appointed by what seemed to me a very experienced...

Brexit debate now completely bananas

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It’s not over yet: far from it. In fact we’re barely entering the final strait before the misery of the European referendum campaign, but...

Democracy, David Cameron, Project Fear and the big lie

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It is no wonder that people are disillusioned with democracy. Who, faced with a straight choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, would not...

Sorry, Police Commissioner: my wife spoiled her ballot paper

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An open letter to Ms Vera Baird, the newly elected Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria Dear Ms Baird, Congratulations on your re-election. My wife and I were among...