Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

Author - Mark Rusling

Education obsessives

Political parties, like people, have obsessions. They might be idiosyncratic or mainstream; based on evidence or a hunch; serious or minor. But, like an unreachable itch, all these obsessions demand to be scratched...

New danger for Labour

This year’s election pitched Scotland against the rest of the country, north against south, Liberal Democrat versus Tory seats against Liberal Democrat versus Labour seats, and London against the rest of England to...

Fighting fire with fire

This year, I had the professional pleasure of visiting Tory conference for the first time. The annual gathering is famed for its diversity – some middle-aged white men were from south-east England and some were from...

Whose side are you on?

Gove is gone, but has ‘the blob’ won? The battle between the former secretary of state for education and the teaching unions was presented as a zero-sum game, not least by Michael Gove himself. His every...

Build, baby, build

Sarah Palin is not my usual source of inspiration for political slogans, but ‘drill, baby, drill’ was pretty catchy. We should adopt our own – build, baby, build. In elections, housing is often the dog that...

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