Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

February 2014


Editorial Sleeping, not dead Long-term trends do not bode well for it, but do not count the Tory party out for 2015

The Insider Another dispatch from inside the Westminster village

Opinion Flexible help for childcare Child benefit accounts could help parents tackle the cost of childcare, says Sally Prentice

Opinion Pro-business, pro-worker Maurice Glasman outlines a new agenda for Labour

Opinion A messy and noble project The progressive left needs to wake up on Europe, writes Roger Liddle

Opinion Capital pay London can afford a higher minimum wage, believes Kitty Ussher

Letter from … Duncan McDonnell charts Matteo Renzi’s first weeks as head of the Partito Democratico

The Progressive Lions led by donkeys What we can learn from the miners’ strike 30 years after its start

Opinion Putting principles first Ed Miliband’s union reforms should complete John Smith’s unfinished business, argues Alan Johnson

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 forthcoming Campaign for a Labour Majority events

Commentary A settlement for 2050 We need to debate spending priorities, not just the size of the state, says Patrick Diamond

FordeThought Happy new year? Matt Forde did not enjoy the party leaders’ messages to the nation


Cover story Inside the Tory mind Why are the Tories so much harder to lead than in previous times? Tim Bale examines the psychology of the modern Conservative party

House of cards What might happen to the Conservative party if it is defeated in 2015, asks Hopi Sen

Right all along Ukip is set to dominate the European elections. Nick Lowles sifts the evidence on why people vote for it

Strange bedfellows: Ukip’s European allies A profile of Geert Wilders’ Freedom party and the Finns party

The immigration vortex Labour cannot duck the issue of immigration, suggests James Morris

We risk a race to the bottom Labour must not ape the right’s anti-immigration narrative, warns Diane Abbott

People, not structures Before he decides how to implement it, Labour’s leader must choose between the grand vision of ‘Milibandism’ and its steady incrementalism, writes Steve Van Riel

Missing link ‘Milibandism’ is largely silent on Labour’s approach to public service reform. It should not be, says Nick Pearce


Governing Britain: Power, Politics and the Prime Minister Greg Rosen enjoys an insider’s account of New Labour’s approach to government

Ad and Wal: Values, Duty, Sacrifice in Apartheid South Africa Jack Storry on Peter Hain’s account of his family’s political journey in apartheid-era South Africa

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Richard Angell

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