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Trends turn against Labour

Ben Dilks  |  16 February 2017

Ben Dilks with the latest from the wonk world There could not be a more overt gathering of the ‘global elite’ than the World Economic Forum in Davos. Beneath the shimmer of the Swiss Alps, the £15,000-a-ticket summit plays host to an equally glittering array of world leaders, celebrities and billionaire financiers – the targets of the anti-establishment rhetoric …

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Slumping sterling

John Mills and Karen Landles  |  16 February 2017

Should Labour welcome the fall in the pound? Former Labour Leave chair John Mills and Labour Business executive committee member Karen Landles debate

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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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Mourning in America

Ella Crine  |  14 February 2017

The responsibility of office is doing little to change Donald Trump, writes Ella Crine For many, the realisation that Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States represented the dawning of a new age. But in the election’s aftermath, analysts gave into wishful thinking about what it all meant: whether his presidency could really be …

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2017: A survival guide

Ben Shimshon and Cordelia Hay  |  13 February 2017

After an awful year for progressives, Ben Shimshon and Cordelia Hay set out four ways to survive the next 12 months At BritainThinks, we are lucky to hear from voters week in and week out. In 2016, many of us forgot the lesson that you need start from where people actually are, not where you wish they were. …

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Competing visions

Luke Akehurst  |  11 February 2017

A hard-left takeover of conference would change more than the odd policy, argues Luke Akehurst This year Labour party members do not get balloted for the National Executive Committee but they will vote in a national one member one vote ballot for another very important national committee – the Conference Arrangements Committee. Nominations for the aforementioned CAC can …

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British workers for British jobs

Editorial  |  9 February 2017

A future Labour government must shake-up skills on the scale the last transformed the NHS ‘We toured the country to talk about immigration and came back talking about skills’, shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer tells this magazine (page 20) in his exclusive interview. Putting together this edition went on a similar journey. Whether it was commissions on Brexit, …

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Lagging behind

Manuel Cortes  |  9 February 2017

British workers need second language skills, writes Manuel Cortes A debate is raging about the effects of European Union migration on wages. The ‘conventional’ narrative would have its effect on pay for those on lowest earnings as negative even though academic research suggests otherwise. But hey, we are in a post-truth age, where facts do not matter when it …

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Britain’s skills shortage

Thomas Aubrey  |  9 February 2017

The government’s industrial strategy – made more urgent by Brexit – must prioritise technical skills, argues Thomas Aubrey The decision to effectively end the freedom of movement of labour will require the government to urgently address the issue of technical skills provision. Even with access to the European Union’s pool of labour, firms in the United Kingdom …

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Communitarian traditions

Jerome Neil  |  8 February 2017

Labour cannot claim to govern in the interests of working people while pledging to disregard their wishes, argues Jerome Neil Rarely in the Labour party’s history has it seemed as peripheral to the national discourse as it does now. A recent YouGov poll put the party on 24 per cent, a staggering 16 points behind the Conservatives, four points behind …

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