Neil Kinnock: AV will bring a new vitality to our democracy

When Britain’s two main parties won over 90 per cent of the vote between them First Past the Post was a fair system that generally reflected the true political feelings of the nation.

British police arrest pro-democracy demonstrators, before the demonstrations begin

It is a sign of the deep-seated inequalities in our society, that the wedding of one couple is lauded over by the entire media, whilst so many family relationships struggle under the strain of daily life.

Poll shows significant lead for AV Yes camp

The campaign for a Yes vote in next month's referendum on electoral reform received a boost today as a new poll suggested that 45 per cent of people intend to support a switch to the alternative vote (AV) system.

David Prosser: It's only half-time in the battle against the banks

Outlook: Much of the criticism that Sir John Vickers' report faced yesterday concerned his failure to do something he was never asked to do – prevent bank failures

Burmese junta hands over to new 'democracy'

Burma's junta was officially disbanded yesterday after handing over power to a so-called civilian government, the latest phase of a transition to democracy that has been widely criticised as a sham.

Leaders prevent democracy rallies

Beijing is detaining or harassing droves of people it fears could stir unrest during the annual parliament session.

Councillors must vote on high earners

Councillors will have to vote in favour of awarding staff salaries of more than £100,000 under government plans announced yesterday.

Freedom fighters, terrorists, democracy activists and looters

If there is one thing the uprisings in Tunisia and now in Egypt prove it is this; no matter how far you bend your back to appease your oppressor slash bank-roller, they will never hesitate to abandon you at the first sight of trouble.

Jody McIntyre: Do we need a "democratic right" to protest?

Since the student demonstrations erupted last month, over government plans to slash EMA and increase tuition fees to £9000 per year, there has been a lot of debate over our "democratic right" to protest. But what does the term actually mean?

Vaizey announces an internet 'fast lane'

The Government plans to abandon one of the founding principles of the internet by letting service providers charge money for a "two-tier" service prioritising some websites.

Election brings new democracy to Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz voters cast their ballots yesterday to create the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia in an election many hope can unite the country four months after the widespread bloodshed.

Minister accuses rival of links to terrorism

Rwanda's foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo had an unusually – for a politician – blunt answer when The Independent asked her about Victoire Ingabire's allegations this week.

John Rentoul: What Would Keynes Do?

Totally must-read article in The Independent by Professor Robert Skidelsky (right), the ex-SDP, ex-Tory peer and biographer of John Maynard Keynes, on what “the master” would have made of the coalition Budget.

Give me Parliament with muscle, reform watchdog tells Clegg

The chair of Westminster's new political reform watchdog has likened Parliament to an "emaciated dwarf" that needs to grow more muscles to stand up to the "800lb gorilla" of government.

Zenawi set for 25 years in office

Ethiopian prime Minister Meles Zenawi's ruling party has won a national election according to provisional results, the electoral board said yesterday – a victory that would extend his time in office to nearly 25 years.

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