Articles by Philip Collins
Philip Collins is chief leader writer at the Times and chair of Demos. He tweets @PCollinsTimes. Until July 2007 he was chief speech writer to Tony Blair, in 10 Downing Street. Between 2000 and 2004 he was director of the Social Market Foundation. Publications Bobby Dazzler (2010) The Men From the Boys (2011) The Art of Speeches and Presentations: The Secrets of Making People Remember What You Say (2012)

Seriously Corbynism

Philip Collins  |  11 July 2017

A proper consideration of the Labour leader’s programme must now happen, writes Philip Collins For most of his career on the fringes of politics, Jeremy Corbyn has not been a serious figure. Happy to campaign forlornly for losing causes, largely on foreign policy issues over which he had no influence, he was destined to be a footnote …

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Spaghetti Brexit

Philip Collins  |  1 November 2016

Centre-ground politics will appear a quaint notion from inside the labyrinth of EU exit, warns Philip Collins Erdington’s most conspicuous landmark might yet become a metaphor for a government that loses the thread in a labyrinth. The prime minister’s co-chief of staff, Nick Timothy, set out in a series of articles, before they entered Downing Street, …

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Unlocking the code

Philip Collins  |  11 June 2015

Labour needs to talk about aspiration without the jargon ‘Aspiration?’ demanded John Prescott on the Today programme, with scarcely concealed contempt, ‘What the ‘eck is that?’ If he had only meant that he was seeking clarification on the meaning of the term, I would be with Prescott on this. Politics in Britain has become conducted …

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Conference calls

Philip Collins  |  22 September 2014

The leader’s speech is Ed Miliband’s last chance to win the mantle of prime minister-in-waiting, writes Philip Collins In one sense Miliband knows exactly what he needs to do. He finds himself in the position of Margaret Thatcher in 1978 and Tony Blair in 1996, two party leaders who we see now as distinctive and serious …

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Time to face facts

Philip Collins  |  29 May 2014

Labour should beware the fate of François Hollande, says Philip Collins. Read also Owen Jones’ response to How does Labour win a mandate for change, the theme of this Saturday’s Progress annual conference Back in 1959, in the days when Labour never looked like winning again, Mark Abrams and Richard Rose published a book called …

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The Words of Our Time

Philip Collins  |  6 June 2012

The political speech, against all expectation in a networked world, still counts. The essence of the speech remains the event that Aristotle described in his Rhetoric 5,000 years ago. This volume brings the genre right up to date. John Shosky, a speechwriter for three presidential administrations, has collected the best of political rhetoric from the …

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Outside in

Philip Collins  |  24 January 2012

One of the reasons for the diminished status of politics in a rich democracy is that some of its noble causes have disappeared, solved into oblivion by previous generations of reformers. Peter Hain evaded this problem by being born into a distinguished political family in South Africa in a time of the disgusting separation of …

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Labour new and blue

Philip Collins  |  15 April 2011

Philip Collins of The Times writes today about Progress' special issue on ‘blue Labour', previewing our interview with Maurice Glasman and Peter Kellner's analysis of the cultural divisions in the ‘progressive vote':

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Hutton’s pension reform plans

Philip Collins  |  7 October 2010

It is a fair rule of thumb that if John Hutton comes to a conclusion on policy, that it is probably right. In the labyrinth of pensions reform, that rule holds good...

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Labour’s future: in our hands

Jon Cruddas MP and Philip Collins  |  1 April 2009

Following their recent argument in the press, Progress brings together Philip Collins and Jon Cruddas to debate the left’s approach to power

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