Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

Author - Hopi Sen

The party of opportunity?

Conservative thinktank Renewal’s new pamphlet The Party of Opportunity is intended to blow away the idea that the Conservative party is only for braying public schoolboys and hard-faced men who have done well out...

The paradox of failed thrift

George Osborne should be a prisoner of his own failure. He made the wrong call in 2010, tightening fiscal policy just when the economy needed extra stimulus, and as a result he now has a stubborn deficit forecast...

Rebuilding the popular centre

In the wake of Rochester, the rise of United Kingdom Independence party and the appeal of populism across Europe, it is crucial for believers in reformism to understand and tackle populism. The hard part is how. I...

Mercurial men

Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage were political twins You will not find many references to Nigel Farage in Alex Salmond’s political obituaries. He and the leader of the United Kingdom Independence party are hardly bosom...

More chapel than cathedral

A confession, dear reader: I did not watch the whole speech. When I heard that the hall was to be in raptures for a full hour and 20 minutes, I thought of the soon-to-be-available transcript. I thought of the pre...

What lies beneath

How will the Tories attempt to sell their record next May? Hopi Sen analyses the substance beneath the spin Reticence over your own achievements is a vanishingly rare quality in politics. It will be in even shorter...

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