The Last Word

The Last Word: Salmond’s cynical show

Robert Philpot  |  17 November 2017

The former Scottish first minister’s attempts to show his editorial independence at RT are a shameless ploy – but Labour cannot take the moral highground, laments Robert Philpot There was something deeply cynical about Alex Salmond’s decision to include a segment on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues during the first episode this week of his controversial …

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The Last Word: Economic populism will not save the centre-left

Robert Philpot  |  10 November 2017

Democratic revival against Donald Trump gives us an idea of the false choice the centre-left is being given in Britain too, writes Robert Philpot One year after his election, Donald Trump’s approval ratings are – with good reason – the lowest for any United States president at this point in their first term. But, despite victories …

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The Last Word: A stasis caused by division

Robert Philpot  |  3 November 2017

British politics remains suspended in animation: Leave voters sticking with the Tories, while Remain voters cling to Labour in the hope that the party will provide a lifeboat for a soft Brexit, writes Last Word columnist Robert Philpot If the most remarkable political event of the first six months of the year was Theresa May’s …

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The Last Word: Disarray on Brexit

Richard Angell  |  13 October 2017

Labour’s opportunity to shape Brexit, why progressives must deliver for the young, and World Mental Health Day – Progress director Richard Angell has the Last Word It is becoming clearer and clearer that half of the government’s aims for Brexit are incompatible with the other half of its aims for Brexit. Theresa May set out …

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The Last Word: I will not be shamed out of Labour

Richard Angell  |  29 September 2017

First they tried to bore us out, then they tried to bully us out … now they try to shame us out. It will not work, writes Progress director Richard Angell Labour’s new establishment is learning from and emulating the old establishment fast. The hard-left believes its own rhetoric about New Labour’s media manipulation and conference …

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The Last Word: A transition position

Richard Angell  |  1 September 2017

Making Labour’s single market shift permanent, punishing parents and farewell to Kezia Dugdale – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word As an interim – before formally adopting the right policy to keep Britain in the single market indefinitely, Keir Starmer has committed Labour to membership of the single market and custom union for a …

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The Last Word: Snow on the glass ceiling

Richard Angell  |  25 August 2017

Jon Snow knows something about privilege, GSCE results, foreign student falsehoods and justice for Grenfell – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Jon Snow used his James MacTaggart Memorial lecture to explored the necessary – and urgent – steps broadcasters and others need to undertake to give Britain a representative media.  The Grenfell Tower disaster really bought …

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The Last Word: Solidarity with Barcelona

Richard Angell  |  18 August 2017

The Barcelona attack, Republican shame, smearing centrists, and the Campaign Against Living Miserably – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Today we woke up to yet more carnage from Daesh-inspired terrorism in the Catalan area of Spain. Our thoughts and solidarity goes out to the Catalan people, those from many nationalities who are …

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The Last Word: IDS out

Richard Angell  |  7 July 2017

Turning Chingford and Woodford Green red, Pride in London and the tragic cost of a Tory government – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Something is happening in north-east London. The area is going Labour. Wes Streeting won the 5,000-Tory majority seat of Ilford North in 2015 with the slimmest majorities. In …

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The Last Word: Correcting a historic injustice

Richard Angell  |  30 June 2017

A big win for Stella Creasy, fighting for single market membership, cracks in Labour’s newfound unity, and a thank you – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word I am proud to know Stella Creasy on most days, but yesterday she showed politics and our movement at its best. She spoke with power …

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