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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Encourage risk-takers

Steve Wardlaw  |  9 November 2017

The private sector can deliver on Labour values, especially with the support of a centre-left government, writes Steve Wardlaw It seems like it is not a good time to come out in the Labour party. And by that I mean come out as pro-business. I first joined the party in 1988, as there was a …

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Nobody can stop Labour members deciding Brexit

Alison McGovern MP and Heidi Alexander MP  |  9 November 2017

Skulduggery at conference won the battle but will not win the war, write Alison McGovern and Heidi Alexander If you ask Labour party members what the biggest issue facing our country is they would overwhelmingly tell you it is our impending departure from the European Union. If you then put it to those same people that Labour …

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More detail, less rhetoric, is needed on industrial policy

Peter Kyle MP  |  8 November 2017

Brexit or not, it is overdue that Britain has a more Germanic economic model – and the political consensus behind it, argues Peter Kyle  If Angela Merkel had lost the recent German election a lot would have changed. But every business in Germany knows one thing that would not: the country’s industrial strategy. Inward investment …

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No utopia

Jonathan Todd  |  7 November 2017

Business realism must find new and resonant voice amid Brexit delusions, writes Jonathan Todd Both the libertarian right and the Bennite left see their utopias through the kaleidoscope of Britain’s exit from the European Union. They cannot both be right. The damage to the United Kingdom’s trade and fiscal positions that is likely to accompany …

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