Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

June 2012


Editorial An opportunity for Labour The party still lags on the economy but an honest conversation with the public about the future could help it win trust

Opinion Striking a better balance We need to arrest the shift from building homes to subsidising rents, argues Graeme Cooke

Opinion Changing to win We must become the party that makes change happen in local communities, says Iain McNicol

Opinion Case closed? The government offered the wrong mayoral model in last month’s referendums. It should not be surprised by the results, writes Dermot Finch

The Big Idea Time out of mind Expanding mental health first aid training could improve wellbeing and save money, suggests Sarah Bickerstaffe

The Progressive Beyond Blairite? The obsession of some with the term ‘Blairite’ is Orwellian in its ability to shut down debate before it has started

Inbox What’s being said on the Progress website

Commentary Pro-growth, pro-reform Similarities with the 1970s abound. Labour must respond with boldness and radicalism, argues Andrew Adonis

Opinion Man on wire The policy review is a tricky balancing act which may benefit from its new ringmaster, believes Luke Akehurst

The Insider Another dispatch from inside the Westminster village

Tanked up Adam Harrison with the latest from the wonk world

Dates for your diary Information on Progress’ Third Place First conference


Cover story From Cleggmania to Armacleggon A Liberal Democrat collapse might not bring Labour all that it hopes, suggests Robert Philpot

The hidden majority myth Targeting only former Liberal Democrat voters is a recipe for failure, explains Joan Ryan

Southern comfort This year’s local elections saw the first real signs of a Labour revival in the electorally vital south, says Caroline Flint

Beyond false alternatives Growth versus austerity is a tired debate. Labour must offer something better, argues Anthony Painter

French connection François Hollande’s victory was that of a pragmatic progressive, writes Matt Browne

The real apprentice Labour must rescue apprenticeships from the coalition’s muddle and dismantle England’s statist approach to skills, argues Tom Bewick


The Words of Our Time: Speeches that made a difference 2001–2011 Phil Collins finds too much George Osborne and not enough John Shosky in this new collection

Degrees of Separation: Ethnic minority voters and the Conservative party Stephen Bush discovers a book which reveals more about the Tories than about ethnic minority voters

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Richard Angell

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