February, 2010

Progress election manifesto conference

  |  26 February 2010

Progress was pleased to hold a manifesto conference exclusive to our members with Ed Miliband, energy secretary and general election manifesto coordinator speaking and listening to the ideas put forward. Thinkers and writers from the political left made their policy pitches to members who then voted (using AV!) for the ones they felt should go …

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Will the weakest link say goodbye?

Paul Richards  |  26 February 2010

The Conservatives are assembling this weekend in Brighton for their pre-election rally. I can tell you now what's going to happen, and save you the job of having to watch it.

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Thatcher remains queen of Tory PPC hearts

Adam Harrison  |  25 February 2010

Today's New Statesman/ComRes poll amplifies the echoes of Thatcher and the 1980s that have been steadily approaching for a while now: this morning George Osborne said Tory cuts would be harsher than Margaret Thatcher's.

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Progressive Voices: Clarity needed on Osborne’s economy plans

  |  25 February 2010

George Osborne claims to be acting responsibly, but his recent pronouncements seem to put him at odds with the IMF and the governor of the Bank of England. The economic recovery remains very fragile and rapid cuts in public expenditure will almost certainly push the economy back into recession. What all political parties need is a credible strategy for restoring growth and reducing the deficit. Balancing these objectives demands skill, wisdom and flexibility. Timing is everything and acting hastily in the service of an outmoded ideology is a sure recipe for disaster. Fiscal consolidation must be postponed to 2011-12.
David Coats, research fellow, Smith Institute

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Osborne age of austerity will hit middle income families

Rachel Reeves MP  |  25 February 2010

Yesterday George Osborne had a chance to silence his critics. His Mais lecture was his opportunity to set out what the Conservatives would do to bring down the budget deficit, and how quickly, and how far, they would reduce government borrowing. But, once again, Osborne ducked the tough questions, leaving the public as much in the dark as before.

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Progress election manifesto conference

  |  25 February 2010

Progress was pleased to hold a manifesto conference exclusive to our members with Ed Miliband, energy secretary and general election manifesto coordinator speaking and listening to the ideas put forward. Thinkers and writers from the political left made their policy pitches to members who then voted (using AV!) for the ones they felt should go …

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NEETs are not a post-16 matter but a pre-five one

Sonia Sodha  |  25 February 2010

New figures show the number of 'NEETs' has fallen slightly since a year ago, but is above than the 2010 target of 7.6 per cent.

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Osborne age of austerity will hit middle income families

Rachel Reeves MP  |  25 February 2010

Yesterday George Osborne had a chance to silence his critics. His Mais lecture was his opportunity to set out what the Conservatives would do to bring down the budget deficit, how quickly, and how far they would reduce government borrowing. But, once again, Osborne ducked the tough questions leaving the public as much in the dark as before.

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