Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

April 2013


Editorial Migration watch Labour is right to talk about immigration but must avoid charges of cynicism and opportunism

The Progressive Cold as ice Like the Danes, Brits like their political drama dark and brooding

Opinion Toxic waste George Osborne’s budget did little for middle England, says Sally Keeble

Opinion Assume nothing Stereotypes about the English Defence League are mostly wrong, finds Matthew Goodwin

Opinion Size isn’t everything Toby Perkins explains Labour’s commitment to new regional banks

Opinion Half-empty or half-full? Old and new challenges remain for the women’s movement, argues Harriet Harman

Letter from … Something old, something new The left may have fallen short in Italy, but we can learn from its campaign nonetheless, reports Shamik Das

The Insider Another dispatch from inside the Westminster village

Commentary No room in the middle Labour does not really care about the plight of the middle class, says Peter Watt

FordeThought Game on Seeking fun for all the family inspired by political events? Matt Forde has the answer

Inbox What’s being said on the Progress website

Tanked up Adam Harrison with the latest from the wonk world

Dates for your diary News of Progress annual conference 2013


Cover story Next top model Ed Miliband’s ‘Borgen tour’ highlighted Labour’s interest in Scandinavia. But what does the famed ‘Nordic model’ actually mean? Katrine Kielos explains

Northern lights It is the thriving private sector which should inspire us about Scandinavia, argues Ed Miliband

Sweden was remade through reform There are important lessons to take from Sweden. Ed Miliband must take the right ones, says Jonathan Todd

Left out in the cold Scandinavian social democrats have not been immune to the woes of the European centre-left, reports Michael McTernan, plus A modernising Moderate Why the left has met its match in Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt

Tax for nothing The government is losing billions each year from tax avoidance. It is time to crack down on it, says Margaret Hodge

Dawn of the digital Winning the communications battle online is now an inescapable reality for parties wishing to reach younger voters, writes Georgia Hussey

Pupils first With the sharp increase in the number of academies, do local education authorities still have a role to play? Anthony Painter investigates


Labour’s Lost Leader: The Life and Politics of Will Crooks Nick Thomas-Symonds enjoys the tale of a Labour movement pioneer | Europe’s Immigration Challenge: Reconciling Work, Welfare and Mobility Sarah Mulley finds a timely reminder that Britain is not alone in grappling with the issue of immigration and welfare

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Adam Harrison

is a councillor in the London borough of Camden

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