Progress Magazine

The priorities are all wrong

Alison McGovern MP  |  23 November 2017

Alison McGovern lays out five tests the budget should have met November’s budget was an attempt for politics to trump economics and did little for our country, or its people. If you work in the public sector and were expecting a pay rise, sorry. If improved childcare would mean you could go back to work …

0 Comments Read more

When They Go Low, We Go High

Paul Richards  |  22 November 2017

Great speeches are an essential tool of democracy, and a bulwark against base populism, argues Paul Richards On the plains of Africa, about 100,000 years ago, give or take, human beings decided to stop pointing at things and start using sounds to describe them. They developed words for their immediate surroundings such as ‘food’, ‘fire’, …

0 Comments Read more

Leading from opposition

Conor Pope  |  21 November 2017

Labour will challenge the government at every turn and shape Brexit from the Commons chamber, Keir Starmer tells Progress ‘I don’t want to be back here in a year saying: “The great thing is we’ve got a second referendum. The bad thing is none of you have got a job.”’ Keir Starmer, shadow secretary of …

0 Comments Read more

Start-up new relations

Alex Mitchell  |  20 November 2017

Britain should look to Macron, not Merkel, for the entrepreneurial future Europe needs, with or without Brexit, argues Alex Mitchell Emmanuel Macron had an epic rise to the Élysée palace, changing the political system in which he operates. In a marked contrast with the rise of Donald Trump, he aggressively courted the centre of French politics. …

1 Comment Read more

Too gig to fail?

Wes Streeting MP  |  17 November 2017

Being pro-innovation should not allow us to be indifferent to corporate excess, says Wes Streeting ‘Defend the livelihoods of 40,000 drivers’. ‘Protect consumer choice for 3.5 million Londoners’. ‘800,000 people have supported our petition’. Uber can be criticised for many failings, but its public relations machine is not one of them. In the furore that …

0 Comments Read more

Solutions not slogans

Editorial  |  15 November 2017

Labour needs the right economic project In his conference speech in Brighton, Jeremy Corbyn stated that it is not enough for Labour to be ready for an election, but that ‘we must be government-ready too. Our aspirations matched by our competence.’ This one statement identifies precisely Labour’s dilemma. An energetic general election campaign can win a …

2 Comments Read more

The wrong battles

The Progressive  |  14 November 2017

Progressive politics should be looking to the future, not trying to nationalise the private sector The Labour party has been having a row about the role of the state, markets, and the profit motive since Queen Victoria was on the throne. Early radicals and socialists had an instinctive distrust of a strong state, which they …

0 Comments Read more

Three deals

Roger Liddle  |  13 November 2017

Hardline Brexiteers risk no trade deal – a disaster for Britain, writes Roger Liddle The Brexit negotiations have three distinct but overlapping components. The first deal is the withdrawal agreement under the Lisbon treaty’s now infamous article 50. This is about the divorce: what money is owed; the rights of European Union citizens living in …

0 Comments Read more

No-deal Brexit can be stopped

Eloise Todd  |  13 November 2017

The government claims that a breakdown of relations with Europe is the result of failing to reach a deal. But parliament can stop that, argues Eloise Todd Brexit Britain’s politics have become toxic. It is a mark of the government’s failures of leadership that the idea of leaving the European Union without any comprehensive deal covering …

1 Comment Read more

Mass movement or personal fiefdom?

Richard Angell  |  10 November 2017

Momentum leaders may be taking its supporters for granted, argues Richard Angell Momentum is not just the new establishment of the Labour party – those in its leadership are really enjoying their new position as the people in charge. They can run the commanding heights of the Labour party from an app available on iTunes. They have …

8 Comments Read more