Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

June 2011


Editorial Ed Miliband’s challenge This month’s election shows Labour making progress. But its support remains too narrow

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Opinion Beware the green-eyed monster The lifestyle-choice vote that the Green party represents will not disappear along with the demise of the Liberal Democrats, argues John Spellar

Opinion No to Yes Willie Sullivan gives an insider’s account of why the Yes campaign lost

The Big Idea Making the most of primaries We should automatically trigger primaries where party membership falls below a certain threshold, says Richard Angell

Opinion Lessons from across the pond What can we learn from the Canadian election where Stephen Harper’s Tories won a clear majority, asks Denis MacShane

Opinion One and the same The low-carbon economy may seem an abstraction. But it is tightly bound up with securing social justice, says Melanie Smallman

Inbox What’s being said on the Progress website

The Progressive The Stevenage test The local election results show no sign of halting the ‘hidden landslide’ still heading towards Labour. Only when Ed Miliband’s party can pass the ‘Stevenage test’ will it become nationally electable again

Commentary Purple prose Reflecting on Labour’s intellectual landscape is part and parcel of what we should be doing in opposition. The opportunity should be seized, not feared, writes Robert Philpot

Opinion Rock steady Chuka Umunna argues that bringing Northern Rock back into the mutual fold would be good for the bank and fly the flag for a better financial sector

Appreciation David Cairns 1966-2011 Robert Philpot plays tribute to a friend of Progress

The Insider Another dispatch from inside the Westminster village

Tanked up Jessica Asato with the latest from the wonk world

Dates for your diary Forthcoming Progress events on the policy review and with Peter Mandelson


Cover story Won, lost and drawn This month’s election results were a decidedly mixed bag for Labour. Despite a solid win in Wales, progress in England was slow and slid into catastrophic reverse in Scotland, reports Lewis Baston

Gaelic lessons The limits of ‘traditional Labour’ were revealed by the Scottish elections. Across Britain, the party has to show that it can appeal to the middle classes and remain rooted in the centre ground, Douglas Alexander tells Robert Philpot and Richard Angell

Meeting in the middle Too few ‘squeezed middle’ voters returned to Labour in these elections, so how do we win them back? Ivan Lewis lays out a roadmap for Labour

Inside the Tory mind One year into government, and Ted Heath still casts a longer shadow over the Tories than outsiders might appreciate. But governing in coalition may yet help Cameron defeat both Labour and the Liberal Democrats, writes Tim Bale

Gove put to the test Education sat at the heart of the Tories’ pre-election public service reform agenda. How have their aspirations survived the coalition’s first year in power? Conor Ryan investigates

The art of the U-turn Despite the Iron Lady’s injunction, the government has hit rewind a number of times. But is it acting more intelligently than Labour would like to admit, asks Ed Jacobs

Taking out a new insurance policy The coalition has driven forward welfare reform over the past year. Reconsidering social insurance could liberate Labour from the intellectual cul-de-sac it has fallen into, and chime with its voters’ sense of fairness, writes Frank Field


In Defence of Politicians Charlie Falconer finds this insider’s view an important milestone on the road to reality in politics

So You Want to be a Political Journalist? The golden rule of journalism is to never to lose any contact details, discovers John McTernan

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