Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

February 2017


Editorial British workers for British jobs A future Labour government must shake up skills on the scale the last transformed the NHS

The Insider Another dispatch from inside the Westminster village

Opinion Competing visions A hard‑left takeover of conference would change more than the odd policy, argues Luke Akehurst

BrexitWatch No green Brexit May is pursuing a strategy that will harm our environment as well as our economy, believes Mary Creagh

Opinion Lagging behind Manuel Cortes says British workers need second language skills

Letter from … Leftwinger Benoît Hamon surprises pundits to win French Socialist candidacy, writes Felicity Slater

The Debate Slumping sterling John Mills and Karen Landles debate whether Labour should welcome the fall in the pound

Interview ‘Held to account, not ransom’ Angela Smith tells the government to ‘grow up’

Opinion Mourning in America The responsibility of office is doing little to change Donald Trump, regrets Ella Crine

The Progressive Frankenstein’s Momentum The eternal truth that the far-left loves schisms has been proved right again

Commentary Communitarian traditions Labour cannot claim to govern in the interests of working people while pledging to disregard their wishes, argues Jerome Neil

Tanked Up Ben Dilks with the latest from the wonk world

Opinion No crying wolf A long‑term consensus on social care would be an achievement – not a betrayal, writes Caroline Flint


The Corbynite ideology Brexit reveals the Labour leader’s longstanding worldview as a paradox of open borders and a closed shop economy, writes Richard Carr

Siege economics Socialist protectionism is as unattractive now as in the 1970s, argues Greg Rosen

Anti-west It is anti-imperialism that drives Jeremy Corbyn and his hard-left cadre, finds Grace Skelton


Cover story ‘The country is obviously divided’ Labour must accept – and understand – the referendum, Keir Starmer tells Richard Angell and Conor Pope

2017: A survival guide After an awful year for progressives, Ben Shimshon and Cordelia Hay set out four ways to survive the next 12 months

Britain’s skills shortage The government’s industrial strategy – made more urgent by Brexit – must prioritise technical skills, argues Thomas Aubrey


A Woman’s Work Harriet Harman’s book is an exhaustive account of the women’s movement in parliament since 1982, writes Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin

What We Do Now: Standing Up For Your Values In Trump’s America William Bain finds this collection of essays shows many US progressives ignoring the roots of their defeat

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