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Time for a skills revolution

Some time has passed since the election of Donald Trump and I have found myself reflecting on things; not just on another massive defeat for progressive politics, but on the reaction. It is a reaction that typifies how...

Lessons from Scotland

When I started doorknocking for the Labour party in Glasgow as a fresh-faced 16 year-old, it was still then a heartland where we won often, regularly defying the ambitions of the Scottish National party. Today...

Faith in the broad church

The Labour party has long been seen as a broad church political movement attracting and absorbing political ideologies from across the left with the unified belief that only Labour could deliver the social change needed...

To make progress, we need Progress

Recent polls have placed Labour in a very bad position. Optimists have voiced support for the idea that Labour’s way back into power is through our work in local government and the endeavours of local councillors...

Mutualisation, not nationalisation

As I write, I am sitting on a stationary Arriva Wales train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly which has been stranded in Newport for the past two hours. The reason? There is a train in front that is so out...

It’s time to be Progress and proud

After the events of this summer, being a Progressive can feel a lonely place. Seeing long standing friends from across our movement post photos of their shredded membership cards has been heart breaking. This is not...

A living wage for all workers

This year, mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced the new London living wage will be £9.75 an hour (increasing to £10 an hour during his term in office) – for the rest of the United Kingdom the new rate will be £8.45 an...

The perils of a shared language

Donald Trump rails against the ‘establishment’. On the Today programme on 10 November so too did Yanis Varoufakis. The specific debate was on international trade agreements. ‘Took your jobs away’ cries Trump. In Europe...

The fight of our lives

This fight of the next decade will not be between left and right – those labels have become meaningless in the post-Brexit, post-Trump world. We are witnessing a battle between the pessimism of an anti-politics and a...

‘Brexit means parliament’

‘Brexit means parliament’ at least according to the High Court’s judgment. Cause for two cheers for us Remainers. Why not three cheers? This court judgment eases one headache but creates many more. It...

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