Benjamin Ramm

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Benjamin Ramm FRSA (born 12 June 1982) is a writer and journalist for the BBC and openDemocracy. He is former editor of The Liberal magazine.

In December 2005, as editor of The Liberal, Ramm organised a "Kennedy Must Go" campaign to unseat Liberal Democrat party leader Charles Kennedy.[1] After the formation of the UK coalition government in 2010, Ramm argued that the party provided cover – as "the cloak that hides the dagger"[2] – for policies that damaged liberalism. He criticized the coalition on spending cuts,[3] the reforms to the NHS,[4] civil liberties,[5] the rise in VAT,[6] and the increase in tuition fees.[7]

In May 2011, he published the pamphlet Citizens: A Manifesto, featuring endorsements from Naomi Wolf, Philip Pullman, Ariel Dorfman and Peter Tatchell.[8]

Ramm is editor-at-large of openDemocracy.[9] He presents documentaries for BBC Radio 4[10] and the BBC World Service,[11] and is a regular feature writer for BBC Culture.[12][13][14]


  1. ^ BBC News website (30 December 2006). "Kennedy hits back over quit call". BBC News. Retrieved June 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Stevenson, Alex (9 December 2010). "Tuition fee rebels slash coalition majority". Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Morris, Nigel (21 October 2010). "Lib Dems made sure cuts were fair, Clegg tells party members". The Independent. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Press Association (10 March 2012). "NHS Reforms - Liberal Democrat Spring Conference Vote Bid Fails". The Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Mulholland, Hélène (2 April 2012). "Plans for greater email and web monitoring powers spark privacy fears". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mixed reactions to Budget from grassroots Lib Dems". BBC News. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Grice, Andrew (10 December 2010). "Victory – but at what price?". The Independent. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Citizens: A Manifesto - Reception". Retrieved 2017-05-19. 
  9. ^ "openDemocracy's Team". openDemocracy. 2014-09-01. Retrieved 2017-05-19. 
  10. ^ "Mao's Golden Mangoes - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 2017-05-19. 
  11. ^ "Terror and Technology: The Unabomber, The Documentary - BBC World Service". BBC. Retrieved 2017-05-19. 
  12. ^ Ramm, Benjamin. "The LSD cult that transformed America". Retrieved 2017-05-19. 
  13. ^ Ramm, Benjamin. "The Irish novel that seduced the USSR". Retrieved 2017-05-19. 
  14. ^ Ramm, Benjamin. "A passport from a country that doesn’t exist". Retrieved 2017-05-19. 

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