Articles by Stephen Bush
Stephen Bush is a contributing editor to Progress, formerly wrote a weekly column for Progress, the Tuesday review, and tweets @stephenkb

Not enough

Stephen Bush  |  2 December 2016

The rise of Brexit and Trump means Labour must deal with ‘very real concerns’, writes Stephen Bush While it is overly simplistic to see the triumph of Donald Trump as only the American progressives’ film adaptation of the European left’s novel, it bore some of the hallmarks of the continental original. The left ran up …

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Starter for 10

Stephen Bush  |  10 June 2015

Stephen Bush investigates how Labour succeeded in the 10 gains it made from the Tories last month If failure is a learning opportunity, Labour did enough on election night to open a free school. But there were some cheering successes amid the overall gloom, and not just against the collapsing Liberal Democrats. Ten seats went from blue to …

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Purple patches

Stephen Bush  |  13 April 2015

Stephen Bush reviews the influence of The Purple Book on Ed Miliband’s Labour party For Labour, things tend to get worse before they get better. Narrow losses in 1951 and 1979 were followed by emphatic defeats in 1955 and 1983. In Holyrood, a knife-edge result in 2007 turned into a full-blown rout in 2011. Boris Johnson won …

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Brand new

Stephen Bush  |  5 November 2014

Labour is still to win over disgruntled voters It is badly written, overlong and unforgivably woolly. How seriously should politicians take Russell Brand’s Revolution? Very. ‘Are you happy with things the way they are?’ he asks. ‘Do you believe that things could change?’ What do we know about the next election? Not much, beyond the fact …

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The Establishment

Stephen Bush  |  30 September 2014

In the 1940s, George Orwell described Britain as ‘a family with the wrong members in control’. In the decades that followed, while the clan’s gnarled old patriarchs may have still spent more of the time with their hands on the family purse, those ambitious great-grandchildren could no longer claim to be entirely cut off from …

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How the Greens ran ashore

Stephen Bush  |  16 May 2014

Three years ago Brighton residents elected a Green council. The results have not been pretty, finds Stephen Bush My heart sank. I had come to Brighton to talk to its residents and find out what they made of their Green council, and I had just wasted half an hour talking to a nutter. Duncan had …

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Made in England

Stephen Bush  |  22 April 2014

As England celebrates its national day tomorrow, Stephen Bush talks to voters about ‘Englishness’ and uncovers a worrying mood for Labour Where are you really from?’ When I am being polite, I tend to mumble something about South Africa. When I am feeling difficult, I might say ‘Lithuania’, which is strictly speaking true, but not the …

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Never again?

Stephen Bush  |  8 April 2014

Forty-nine. That’s the number of Syrian deaths not for every word, but every letter, in this column. (The preceding sentence represents 3,577 lives) Twenty years ago, the world watched the Rwandan genocide and said: ‘never again’. (3,381 lives) But ‘never again’ seems to come faster for political leaders than for everyone else, because ‘never again’ …

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The 12 per cent strategy

Stephen Bush  |  1 April 2014

It seems almost impossible now to believe that Arsenal were top of the league on New Year’s Day. Now, instead of standing on the brink of their first championship since 2004, they are back where everyone expected them to be at the start of the season: clinging on desperately for a fourth-place finish. The sad …

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Why Martin Amis is wrong on Englishness

Stephen Bush  |  25 March 2014

It was on page 55 that I forever fell out of love with Martin Amis. It was a lightning romance; our first date was the ease and light of The Rachel Papers. Our second and third – Koba the Dread and Time’s Arrow – got the heavy stuff out of the way. Then we spent …

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