September, 2016

Beyond the Migration Impact Fund

Jill Rutter  |  30 September 2016

Jeremy Corbyn’s push for a Migration Impact Fund to address the pressures placed on public services by immigration, as outlined in his conference speech this week, is welcome news. But the fund itself will not address all public concerns on the issue. Members of parliament spend a lot of time listening to the views of …

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No Regrexit

Deborah Mattinson  |  30 September 2016

Public opinion has not shifted back to ‘Remain’ ‘When I woke up the next morning and realised we’d gone Brexit, I felt like England had won the World Cup!’ enthused Doug, a 42-year-old scaffolder from Harlow in one of BritainThinks’ focus groups this September. Other participants agreed: this was not just a good outcome, it triggered joyous, air-punching celebration. …

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Letter from … Montreal

Matthew Laza  |  30 September 2016

Montreal in its early fall seems an almost impossibly perfect place to bring progressives from Europe and Australasia together with Canadian and American counterparts. Quebec’s largest city is the very embodiment of different traditions living side by side. For the first-time visitor, ordering a doughnut in (bad British schoolboy) French in the quintessentially north American …

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Supporting young people for the world of work outside the classroom

Michael Lynas  |  30 September 2016

There are few more important subjects than how we prepare the next generation – our future – for life and work. In recent years, there has been extensive reform of the education system, with the academy programme pioneered by Labour and extended by the coalition and Conservative governments. What you study at school matters, studying …

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Professional standards and legal regulation: a question of trust?

Crispin Passmore  |  30 September 2016

Trust in the professions is essential. We all have to have confidence in core professional standards – standards such as integrity, confidentiality and independence – of those whom we entrust with our health, our finances or our legal issues. The Solicitors Regulation Authority regulates some 160,000 solicitors and the overwhelming majority maintain that all important …

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The director’s diary

Richard Angell  |  30 September 2016

Progress director Richard Angell shares his analysis of the latest developments at Labour party conference 2016 Friday 30 September Not what I expected Well, that was not the Labour party conference I was expecting. Maggie Cosin won a resounding victory in the election to the National Constitutional Committee – which will gain significantly more powers …

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We have a duty to stay

Leo Gibbons-Plowright  |  28 September 2016

When I was eight years old, the Labour government introduced the National Literacy Strategy, this meant daily literacy hours were mandatory for children my age. As a child who struggled with reading and writing, and was on the Special Educational Needs register until the age of 11 — I had a dedicated support staff member who gave …

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Battling for my identity

Liron Velleman  |  27 September 2016

‘If I, after the last three months, am staying on in the Labour Party then so are you.’ These were the words of Ruth Smeeth at the Jewish Labour Movement rally against antisemitism and racism. Smeeth has been subjected to endless antisemitic, sexist and homophobic abuse over the last few months, with 23,000 messages of …

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Clinton and Trump double down

Charlie Samuda  |  27 September 2016

A debate in which there is disagreement over the basic facts is unlikely to produce an agreed winner. But in a conventional sense it certainly seems like Hillary Clinton had the upper hand in last night’s presidential debate. Although it was perhaps a little overdone at the start Clinton projected capability without condescension. She offered …

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Building the new economy

Christopher Richards  |  26 September 2016

The United Kingdom manufacturing sector has been motoring ahead in recent years, climbing from 11th in 2012 to ninth in 2014 in the global rankings. The sector is on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution, ushering in new technologies and techniques that will change the products, processes and relationships involved in manufacturing. While the sector has hit …

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