November, 2017

Blind faith in a broken market

Emma Burnell  |  23 November 2017

No wonder the Tories are failing to fix the housing crisis – Philip Hammond is trying to fix the wrong problem, explains Emma Burnell To understand why the Tories are incapable of solving the housing crisis, you have to understand that its roots come from Tory dogma older than most of  the unfortunate ‘generation rent’. …

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Unthinking Leninism

Adrian McMenamin  |  23 November 2017

Crude shadows of the Russian revolution still loom over modern politics, with all of the anger and none of the thought, argues Adrian McMenamin This month’s 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik coup against the Russian republic marked the centenary of possibly the most disastrous event ever to occur to the global left, one that is reflected …

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When They Go Low, We Go High

Paul Richards  |  22 November 2017

Great speeches are an essential tool of democracy, and a bulwark against base populism, argues Paul Richards On the plains of Africa, about 100,000 years ago, give or take, human beings decided to stop pointing at things and start using sounds to describe them. They developed words for their immediate surroundings such as ‘food’, ‘fire’, …

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Winter crisis is coming

Martin Edobor  |  21 November 2017

We should be prepared for the NHS to be let down again by this week’s budget, writes Martin Edobor On BBC’s Andrew Marr show this Sunday, chancellor Philip Hammond appeared to have lost touch with reality, stating that the United Kingdom has no unemployed people. Marr appeared stone-faced and baffled, immediately challenging Hammond and highlighting that …

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Leading from opposition

Conor Pope  |  21 November 2017

Labour will challenge the government at every turn and shape Brexit from the Commons chamber, Keir Starmer tells Progress ‘I don’t want to be back here in a year saying: “The great thing is we’ve got a second referendum. The bad thing is none of you have got a job.”’ Keir Starmer, shadow secretary of …

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We will not be bounced

Paul Williams MP and Phil Wilson MP  |  20 November 2017

An arbitrary leaving date risks a triple whammy for the north-east: loss of trade, loss of people who do vital jobs and a contracting economy, believe Paul Williams and Phil Wilson As new Brexit evidence emerges, we have to be honest with our electorate – however difficult that might be for us or for them. …

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Start-up new relations

Alex Mitchell  |  20 November 2017

Britain should look to Macron, not Merkel, for the entrepreneurial future Europe needs, with or without Brexit, argues Alex Mitchell Emmanuel Macron had an epic rise to the Élysée palace, changing the political system in which he operates. In a marked contrast with the rise of Donald Trump, he aggressively courted the centre of French politics. …

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The Last Word: Salmond’s cynical show

Robert Philpot  |  17 November 2017

The former Scottish first minister’s attempts to show his editorial independence at RT are a shameless ploy – but Labour cannot take the moral highground, laments Robert Philpot There was something deeply cynical about Alex Salmond’s decision to include a segment on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues during the first episode this week of his controversial …

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Too gig to fail?

Wes Streeting MP  |  17 November 2017

Being pro-innovation should not allow us to be indifferent to corporate excess, says Wes Streeting ‘Defend the livelihoods of 40,000 drivers’. ‘Protect consumer choice for 3.5 million Londoners’. ‘800,000 people have supported our petition’. Uber can be criticised for many failings, but its public relations machine is not one of them. In the furore that …

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The progressive case for universal basic income

Mark Walker  |  16 November 2017

It is the right time to have the debate on basic income – and the centre-left should not be so quick to dismiss it, argues Mark Walker Universal basic income looks to address a problem for the future rather than repair a problem of the past. It is the very essence of progressiveness and worthy …

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