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April edition

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Fully automated luxury social democracy

Technological change cannot be stopped, but its effects can be shaped by political decisions. We consider the advantages – and the challenges – of advances such as automation, artificial intelligence and big data, and ask what role they have in a progressive future.

Hannah Miller explains how we can harness artificial intelligence for social good.

Automation for the people

In an economy where productivity growth has fallen behind, we should encourage the use of robots, not tax them, argues Chris Yiu

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Innovation where it is most needed

Alex Mitchell explains how digital innovation is now spreading across the globe, and is levelling the playing field

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March edition

Selected articles

Freedom of manoeuvre

Amidst continuing confusion about the Brexit settlement, we make the argument that reforms to freedom of movement will be key if the UK is to stay in the single market.

Richard Angell outlines 10 changes we could make that would work with our values and help to quell public concerns.

Tom Harris demonstrates the challenge for no change ‘remoaners’, and Anna Turley explains why digital ID cards are the future.


On immigration, we need to cut off the options that allow our opponents to disguise their prejudices as caring about inequality

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Culture wars

We must stand up for migrants – the current conversation on integration works for nobody, argues Henna Shah

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Reality bites

Ignoring immigration and championing the gig economy has left low‑paid workers disillusioned and desperate, finds James Bloodworth

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Breaking the deadlock

We have learned that the way to prevent populists from exploiting anxiety about immigration is not to ignore people’s concerns, but to acknowledge and deal with them, writes Harvey Redgrave

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February edition

Selected articles

2018: the year that decides Brexit

The theory goes: by the end of the year we will know the shape of Brexit.

And yet, at the start of it, there is wild confusion – even within the Conservative party – about the position of the government and what it wants to achieve.

In this magazine, we review the state of play, and how the year of Brexit will pan out.

Alison McGovern MP and Peter Mandelson explain how the two parliamentary chambers are working together to shape Brexit.

Roger Liddle says that self-entitlement is causing Britain to make excessive demands of its European counterparts, while Richard Carr runs through the key Brexit battles to expect in 2018.

Breaking long-held silences

Freelance journalist Jane Merrick, who spoke up about an unwanted encounter with former defence secretary Michael Fallon (leading to his cabinet sacking), says that the #MeToo movement must spawn concrete action – in the form of an independent reporting service for sexual harassment.

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A gap in the market

Alan Milburn, former health secretary and former chair of the Social Mobility Commission, calls on progressives to regain their radicalism and deflate the populist surge.

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Letter from… Dublin

Irish Labour leader Brendan Howlin proposes a solution to the central sticking point of Brexit negotiations so far: the Irish border question.

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Listening to labour

We must take urgent action to address the corporate short-termism that led to the collapse of Carillion, writes Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds.

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