The Political Crisis


Right now, 650 people make decisions on behalf of 65 million. Most of us struggle to have a real say in big decisions affecting us. From the NHS, to Brexit, crises are growing bigger every day. Decisions are too often made for people and communities, not by them.

At every election we replace individual politicians, but the old way of doing things stays the same. Politicians accept vast donations from industries they’re supposed to regulate, the rich can buy political access via lobbyists, and our outdated constitution gifts a small elite with immense power over us. This creates situations where fracking is aggressively imposed on communities by ministers despite widespread opposition, and leaves local councils verging on bankruptcy whilst basic local services disappear.

We believe the lack of real democracy is exacerbating the multiple crises facing the UK.  

Together, we want to rewrite the UK’s entire political system. Instead of Westminster handing down instructions, communities have more say over their futures. Instead of serving the interests of corporations and the super-rich, politics should work in the public interest.

  • Learn more about the political crisis by listening to our Radical Solutions podcast.

  • Check out some of our recent videos to learn more about what we’re proposing.

  • Read our reports to learn about how the elite manipulate our democracy in their own interests.


Radical Solutions podcast


Welcome to our Radical Solutions podcast, where we interview people with big ideas to transform the UK.

Away from the drama in Westminster, we wanted to start a debate about new ideas with the potential to improve people’s lives, and hint at the change that’s possible in a transformed political system.

The podcast concept and speakers were produced by Sarah Clarke, while the episodes were produced and hosted by Bridey Addison-Child and Tessa van Rens.

This series saw many people interviewed with different opinions. Unlock Democracy is creating a discussion about big ideas, but the views expressed by the guests are not the views of the organisation.


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Theresa May’s climate legacy

Theresa May wants to commit to the UK to net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Why is she suddenly taking an interest in the climate crisis? The answer is radical campaigning!



Climate strikes

There is definitely HOPE for the future of democracy when young people like these speak up. Some inspiration for you ✊🌿!


Extinction Rebellion and democratic decay

Our Campaigns officer Sam visited the Extinction Rebellion protests and had some thoughts about why this action was necessary.


‘Order, order!’

Why Politicians Should Stop Shouting. This video was produced to accompany this blog.



5 threats to our democracy right now

MPs recently published a report on fake news, but we know a few more threats to our democracy 😱.



Citizens' assemblies - what are they, how do they work, and why do we need them now?

There's been a lot of talk about a #citizensassembly to solve the #brexit impasse, but what is it and how would it work? Might deliberation among citizens bring the country together when Parliament cannot? Watch/like/share the video and let us know what you think!



100 years of voting for (some) women

2018 marks 100 years since (some) women won the vote. Let's reflect on Citizens' assemblies - what are they, how do they work, and why do we need them now?the victories won, but remember politics still doesn't work for everyone yet. #100years #suffrage100 #vote100 #StillMarching



Why haven’t the Met Police investigated Vote Leave?

The Met Police haven't investigated Vote Leave and Leave.EU for electoral offences. On Friday we chatted to Sian Berry, Co-leader of the Green Party, who asked the Mayor of London to explain the situation.



Why we support Votes at 16

Unlock Democracy team member Malene speaks about why we need to give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote across the UK.



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