Progress Magazine

No nostalgia

Claire McCarthy  |  2 October 2017

The Co-operative party’s centenary is an opportunity to express a mutual alternative to Britain’s perennial work and social care problems, writes Claire McCarthy When any organisation marks a significant milestone, like a centenary, the temptation is to spend a lot of time in nostalgia mode. The Co-operative party is not immune to this as we approach the anniversary of our founding 100 years ago this October. At its …

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Things Can Only Get Worse?

Sophie Francis-Cansfield  |  29 September 2017

Sophie Francis‑Cansfield finds the conclusion of John O’Farrell’s sequel a welcome relief John O’Farrell’s latest book Things Can Only Get Worse?, a follow up to his 1998 bestseller Things Can Only Get Better, provides an often painfully humorous review of elections over the last two decades. There are definitely moments that we want to recall – …

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Westminster’s inconvenient truth

Melanie Smallman  |  28 September 2017

Britain has lost its place as a world leader on climate change, writes Melanie Smallman This summer saw horrific floods in Texas and Bangladesh and one of the most powerful storms in history roaring across the Atlantic coast of the United States. While Donald Trump tries to take the US out of the Paris climate agreement, this summer …

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A new European party will fail

Caroline Flint MP  |  26 September 2017

The creation of a new centre party is no alternative to Labour winning back the centre-ground, says Caroline Flint  Like Blu-rays and Segways, a new centre party is an over-hyped idea, destined to promise much and deliver little. The liberal-minded press would love it. They have been in a tiswas as the United Kingdom’s political moorings have …

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Strong, united and progressive

Mary Creagh MP  |  26 September 2017

A united Labour party, working with other willing MPs, is the only feasible option for stopping a hard Brexit, writes Mary Creagh   Like David Cameron before her, when it comes to the European Union, Theresa May is putting her own career ahead of the national interest. She is doing everything she can to appease a few …

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Not powerless

Lyn Brown MP  |  24 September 2017

The Tories must take concrete steps to reverse the rising spate of acid attacks, writes Lyn Brown MP —As I write, the last acid attack to hit the headlines in Newham occurred less than three weeks ago. There has been a steady stream of these horrifying stories this year. In June, the cousins Resham Khan and Jameel Muhktar were …

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A radical new state

Anthony Painter  |  24 September 2017

For an ideology grounded in modernity, New Labour now feels very behind the times – and so do Labour’s moderates. So what comes next, asks Anthony Painter   As New Labour headed towards a decade in power, the world of mid-2007 looked remarkably similar to the world of 1997. In many ways, that is a marker …

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Corbyn’s cronies

The Progressive  |  23 September 2017

Now they have power for themselves the Bennite left have junked the ‘new politics’ they promised and indulge patronage like never before Remember the fuss about ‘Tony’s cronies’? It began almost as soon as Tony Blair was elected leader of the Labour party in 1994, and became noisier once Labour formed the government. The fuss centred on the …

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‘Reminding people that we’re not in government’

Conor Pope and Richard Angell  |  22 September 2017

The shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne takes Richard Angell and Conor Pope behind the scenes of the surprise election ‘I’m infamous now’, Andrew Gwynne declares. He was ‘walking along the Embankment’ to parliament recently when he noticed two people shiftily looking over their shoulder at him. ‘They turned around and said, “You’re that guy that took …

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Breaking through the bagel belt

Ella Rose  |  21 September 2017

In seats where the votes of Jewish communities could have made a difference, Labour underachieved, writes Ella Rose The Jewish community is small, concentrated in just a handful of seats across the country. We must ask the difficult question after the general election of 2017. Why, when seven seats in London went red, including Kensington and Battersea, and …

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