Articles by William Bain
William Bain is former member of parliament for Glasgow North-east. He tweets @William_Bain

Whatever happened to Martin Schulz?

William Bain  |  14 July 2017

The SPD leader’s rise in the German polls gave hope to the chance of a revival for social democracy across Europe. So what happened? William Bain takes a look A veteran parliamentarian takes over the leadership of the main centre-left party, and with a message of hope and change oversees a poll boost of nearly …

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The start of a centre-left revival?

William Bain  |  22 February 2017

The popularity of Emmanuel Macron and Martin Schulz has turned the narrative of the inevitable decline of the European centre-left on its head, writes William Bain Visiting Paris and Berlin last autumn to speak with politicians and commentators on the common challenges faced by the centre-left in Europe, despondency was everywhere. Disaster was predicted in …

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What We Do Now

William Bain  |  15 February 2017

William Bain finds this collection of essays shows many US progressives ignoring the roots of their defeat Watching Donald Trump take the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States and listening to his dystopian vision of America in his inaugural speech proved the sting of defeat has not lessened for progressives …

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Three weeks to stop Trump, while Clinton builds lead 

William Bain  |  25 February 2016

With a comprehensive win in the Nevada caucuses – across every demographic group – Donald Trump is strengthening his grip on the Republican party presidential nomination battle. Adding to his victories in the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries earlier in the month, this latest win is particularly significant, showing even in caucus states and …

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Letter from … Berlin

William Bain  |  15 December 2015

Germany’s Social Democrats are one of the great progressive and civilising forces in our continent, having stood fast against fascism and communism and ensured peace and prosperity in postwar Europe with governments led by chancellors of the calibre of Willy Brandt and Helmut Schmidt. But their decline since 2009 was one of the first signs the …

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Time for Labour to focus on the big ideas for 2020

William Bain  |  9 December 2015

It has been a miserable last few years for Europe’s centre-left – going into this month’s general election in Spain, only nine of the 28 member states and one in three of the European Union’s population have a government led by the centre-left, and where we are in power, like in France and Italy, the …

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To serve in government is the fullest expression of our values

William Bain  |  18 August 2015

We are three months on from our worst electoral defeat in Scotland since 1918, and our worst defeat in England and Wales since 1987, but the clock is already ticking towards huge electoral contests in Scotland, London and Wales next year, and the next general election in May 2020. The scale of the reversal on …

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A historic day for the United Kingdom – a vow honoured for Scotland

William Bain  |  27 November 2014

For the peoples of Scotland and the United Kingdom today’s cross-party agreement published by the Smith Commission is the right deal for a durable devolved settlement for Scotland. The vow made by the three main pro-UK party leaders in the House of Commons and the leaders of the Scottish pro-devolution parties has been honoured in …

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Salmond’s legacy: Scottish Labour’s chance for renewal

William Bain  |  19 November 2014

Few people have taken their political party from the fringes of public debate to wielding untrammelled power. Clement Attlee eventually rebuilt Labour as a governing force in the United Kingdom after the near wipeout under the Tory-dominated national government in 1935. The principal achievement of Alex Salmond’s near quarter century leading the Scottish National party …

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Raising life expectancy in Glasgow should be a mission for us all

William Bain  |  11 June 2014

Last week’s Analysis programme on BBC World Service about the problem in Glasgow of poor health outcomes and lower life expectancy made for fascinating listening. First, it avoided the temptation to look at the issue through the misty prism of the referendum due in September. Second, it was genuinely thought-provoking in considering the multiple causes …

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