Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

March 2012


Editorial A tale of two bills On health, Labour has opposed well but is yet to present an alternative. The inverse is true on welfare

Progress news Introducing some old hands and new faces on the Progress website

Opinion Too good to turn down An elected mayor will bring new powers and resources to boost Liverpool’s fortunes, writes Joe Anderson

Opinion Budgeting for failure The government has fallen short on nearly all economic measures but its budget is unlikely to remedy this, finds Shamik Das

Opinion Labour needs an alternative The health bill is distracting both government and opposition from the massive challenges the NHS faces, says Neil Churchill

The Big Idea Sparking children’s imagination We should extend to the children of armed forces personnel a scheme which helps under-fives build their own collection of books, writes John Healey

The Progressive A budget to kill for Is Labour prepared for another highly political budget from George Osborne?

Inbox What’s being said on the Progress website

Commentary Parents and patients first Labour should remember who public services are for and champion their cause, writes Peter Watt

Opinion Time to serve National community service could become a genuine exemplar of the ‘big society’, argues Robert Williams

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’ new centre-ground events


Cover story Great expectations Elected to parliament a year ago, Progress vice-chair Dan Jarvis is one of Labour’s rising stars. He talks to Robert Philpot and Adam Harrison about his time in Afghanistan and the tough fight ahead for the party

Doing something Only an active welfare state can tackle the scourge of youth unemployment, argues James Purnell

Living on the edge A generation of twentysomethings are joining the ‘squeezed middle’. But many are unaware how precarious their situation is, argue Richard Darlington and Laura Bradley

For the many, not the few New rules, not protectionism, is the answer to the challenge of globalisation, argues Will Straw

Unfinished revolution Barack Obama’s mandate in 2008 was misunderstood by many liberals. Can a new populist message save his bid for re-election, asks Robert Philpot

Seeking the new centre-ground Progress recently gave Labour activists the chance to win a bursary place to attend our forthcoming political weekend. We publish here the offerings of three of the winners


Doing Politics John Denham admires Tony Wright’s willingness to speak truth to power

The Happy Depressive Alastair Campbell’s account of ‘Britain’s biggest social problem’ shows there is nothing abnormal in falling prey to mental illness

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Adam Harrison

is a councillor in the London borough of Camden

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