Articles by Patrick Diamond
Patrick Diamond is senior research fellow at Policy Network and member of the Progress strategy board

Grammar mistakes

Patrick Diamond  |  5 October 2016

Five reasons grammar schools are a terrible idea —Theresa May’s decision to announce the expansion of English grammar schools as a radical approach to improving social mobility has been roundly criticised, not least by former Conservative education secretaries and prominent Tory members of parliament. When David Cameron became leader of the Conservative party, he sought to bury the issue …

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The Alternative: Towards a New Progressive Politics

Maya Goodfellow and Patrick Diamond  |  26 August 2016

The Alternative: Towards a New Progressive Politics Patrick Diamond and Maya Goodfellow each enjoy a new collection of essays from across the left – but questions around economic competence and the meaning of ‘progressive’ remain   The Alternative: Towards a New Progressive Politics Lisa Nandy MP, Caroline Lucas MP and Chris Bowers (Eds) BiteBack Publishing | £12.99 | …

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Intellectual vacuum

Patrick Diamond  |  10 December 2015

The Labour party needs a new political economy, writes Patrick Diamond New Labour’s model of political economy was successful in shoring up the Labour party’s questionable reputation for economic competence, and it was the basis of three consecutive election victories. Labour politicians were haunted by past failures: in 1931, 1949, 1967 and 1976 financial crises …

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Haves and have-nots are Labour’s path back to power

Patrick Diamond  |  13 July 2015

George Osborne has proved himself to be an astute political tactician, but whether his budget adds up to a compelling long-term economic and political strategy is a different question. It is easy in politics to decry one’s opponents, but Labour ought to learn the lessons of Osborne’s approach as he steadily redefines the political landscape …

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Back to the Future of Socialism

Patrick Diamond  |  24 February 2015

This is an ambitious attempt by a former Labour cabinet minister to rethink Labour’s doctrine and policy agenda for the post-crisis age. Peter Hain is audacious in aligning his own revisionism with that of the great post war theoretician, Anthony Crosland, who famously wrote The Future of Socialism nearly 60 years ago – arguably the greatest work …

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The party of England

Patrick Diamond  |  7 November 2014

The recent ‘No’ vote in the Scottish independence referendum triggered an initial wave of relief across the Labour party which had fought so passionately to safeguard the union. Since the referendum, the Labour leadership has nonetheless appeared defensive, perturbed by David Cameron’s insistence on ‘playing politics’ with the constitution, aggressively pursuing ‘English votes for English …

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Not too much radicalism, but too little

Patrick Diamond  |  25 September 2014

Ed Miliband’s task in Manchester this week was inevitably a demanding one. The Labour leader had to rally the faithful by setting out a compelling vision of how British society would be fairer under a Labour government, while at the same time providing a credible policy framework that would inspire confidence in the party’s ability to govern. Miliband’s …

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Stand and Deliver: A Design for Successful Government

Patrick Diamond  |  11 September 2014

This is a timely book published nine months from a general election that may well see Labour make a rapid return to government. The author addresses a deceptively simple question that has bedevilled generations of politicians and officials: why does British government never work as effectively as we would like it to? Political rivals argue …

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Labour must decide on civil service reform

Patrick Diamond  |  16 July 2014

This week’s dramatic reshuffle has inevitably focused on the ups and downs of Conservative careers – the surprise departure of William Hague and the shock demotion of Michael Gove, alongside a clutch of ministerial promotions and casualties. Less noticed but in some ways just as significant was the announcement of a further shake-up in the …

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March of the modernisers

Patrick Diamond and Ryan Shorthouse  |  15 July 2014

Has Conservative modernisation stalled? Patrick Diamond and Ryan Shorthouse go head to head Dear Ryan Past Conservative leaders have demonstrated a ruthless ability to reinvent and modernise their party as times changed. Defeat in 1945 heralded ‘the forward march of Labour’; many expected Clement Attlee’s party to govern for a generation. By 1951, however, the …

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