Britain 2020

A plan for re-election

Editorial  |  13 March 2015

There were many lessons for Labour and both the politics of ideas and organisation from the Progress-supported three seats challenge tour of 24 target seats which took place last month. The least surprising fact was how hard the candidates are working and how much they are doing to win a Labour majority. But their ambition …

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Anthony Painter  |  12 March 2015

The tech revolution has barely begun – and politics is already behind, says Anthony Painter Let’s not beat around the bush: the world is in the foothills of transformational change that we cannot yet quantify or fully understand. What is more, the magnitude of the change will only increase. It is difficult to know what to …

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‘The Labour party is drying up just at the moment’

Neal Lawson  |  12 March 2015

Neal Lawson responds to Anthony Painter’s article, Uber-connected I agree with everything Anthony Painter says. We are facing new times, a paradigm shift from a 20th century world that was all top-down command and control – the politics of elites – to a 21st century world of bottom-up change and dispersed power – the politics …

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‘Mindset, inclusiveness and leadership’

Catherine Stihler MEP  |  12 March 2015

Catherine Stihler responds to Anthony painter’s article, Uber-connected The digital revolution has given us so much, yet there is so much still to be explored. The work being carried out on the digital single market in the European parliament is hugely exciting. We cannot fear these changes, as they are coming whether we like it or …

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The politics of work

David Coats  |  11 March 2015

By 2020 the fruits of growth must be more fairly shared at work, argues David Coats ‘Prediction is always difficult, especially about the future’. This observation, generally attributed to the Danish physicist Niels Bohr, is of particular relevance when we consider the likely state of the world of work in 2020. For the past 37 …

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‘The union movement itself will have to look different by 2020’

Roy Rickhuss  |  11 March 2015

Roy Rickhuss responds to David Coats’ article The politics of work Looking at the reality for today’s workforce and listening to their concerns should be the starting point for mapping what the next Labour government should do to have an impact on the workplace of 2020. Trade unions are still the best vehicle through which to do …

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‘We cannot forget those who run their business from a white van’

Victoria Groulef  |  11 March 2015

Victoria Groulef responds to David Coats’ article The politics of work SMEs represent 57 per cent of the private sector; it is where innovation takes place, and where good jobs are to be found. Its role in the supply chain of consumer brands is often unknown but can be revolutionary to a product’s or company’s impact in …

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Beyond the rhetoric

Karin Smyth MP  |  10 March 2015

We need to stop the care crunch before it bites, says Karin Smyth During Labour’s time in government we understood that caring – the practice of looking after those unable to care for themselves, mainly on account of age or illness – was a social justice and an equality issue. Supporting carers was central to improving …

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‘Labour is the party of the family’

Alison McGovern MP  |  10 March 2015

Alison McGovern MP responds to Karin Smyth’s article Beyond the rhetoric Karin Smyth’s piece demonstrates why caring has become so political. As Labour campaigners, we applaud the love and care shown by family carers, and by hardworking parents bringing up their kids. And we know that Labour has to meet the challenge of making sure families have …

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‘Care is part of our national infrastructure’

Sarah Hayward  |  10 March 2015

Sarah Hayward responds to Karin Smyth’s article Beyond the rhetoric There is a crisis brewing in care and Karin Smyth is right to identify it as a key issue for the next Labour government. As leader of a London borough I see first-hand how a cocktail of cuts to local government, the slow pace of integration …

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