Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

March 2013


Editorial Mend it, don’t end it Labour’s link with the trade unions is important. That is why it must be made to work

The Progressive Moment of madness David Cameron’s modernisation of the Tory party has failed. Just look at the debate on same-sex marriage

Opinion Falling behind Britain is losing the global race. Will Straw explains why

Opinion Engines of social mobility Labour should seek to establish more academies, says Mike Ion

Opinion Selective memory New rules will not bring more working-class candidates, argues Richard Angell

Opinion The parent trap Tax credits may not be the best way to help those on low pay, says Lucy Powell

Letter from … Treading water Despite the need for reform in Germany, the SPD will have difficulty dislodging Angela Merkel this year, reports Michael Miebach

The Insider Another dispatch from inside the Westminster village

Commentary Remember Wilson In turbulent times, putting in place a clear project for government is absolutely essential, argues Robert Philpot

FordeThought The odd delusion David Cameron thinks UKIP supporters are ‘pretty odd’. It’s a trait not unique to the party, suggests Matt Forde

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 new regional and Westminster events on The Purple Papers


Cover story Red sky thinking Welsh Labour is setting a different course from London and from its past, says David Taylor

Under pressure The Welsh government is facing unprecedented challenges. Both its new ideas and attachment to old principles will come under the microscope, argues Victoria Winckler

Interview Cardiff Bay watch Wales is adopting a more pragmatic, gentler approach to austerity than London, Carwyn Jones tells Robert Philpot and Adam Harrison

Target practice With a string of marginal seats, Wales can be at the forefront of electing a Labour government in 2015, says Nick Smith

Go west West Wales is within reach for a Labour party that reaches out beyond its core, argues David Green

Laying the ghost of Saddam to rest Gary Kent supported the intervention in Iraq. Ten years on, he looks again at the war and its legacy for the Iraqi people

A Tea party of the left? Rightwing populism has been on the rise on both sides of the Atlantic. Where is its leftwing counterpart, asks Anthony Painter


The Green Book: New Directions For Liberals In Government Melanie Smallman on why good intentions are not enough to save the world

Britain’s First Labour Government Greg Rosen on how Ramsay MacDonald’s first spell in power established Labour as one of the two major parties of government


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Adam Harrison

is a councillor in the London borough of Camden

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