Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

October 2011


Editorial Revising New Labour Progress’ Purple Book is published this month. It seeks to reconnect Labour with its early traditions of decentralised socialism

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Opinion Fast forward We must not oppose high-speed-rail for opposition’s sake. HS2 is Labour’s scheme, writes Andrew Adonis

Opinion System error An elected mayor could finally bring the people of Birmingham the civic leadership they so badly deserve, believes Gisela Stuart

The Big Idea Back to school for the NHS A school health service could transform health outcomes for children and bring about a truly ‘people-centred NHS’, says Duncan Enright

Opinion Labour’s footsoldiers We need to think hard about how Labour councillors’ voices can be heard in Westminster, argues Caroline Flint

Opinion The thin blue line If Labour opposes police commissioners it must nevertheless prepare for next year’s elections, writes Sally Gimson

The Progressive Refounding the Fabians The Fabians are not all their hackneyed reputation holds them to be. Under new leadership they can once again be radical intellectual insurgents

Commentary Picking priorities Ed Miliband is right to claim the Tories have their priorities wrong. But Labour needs to choose some, too, says Robert Philpot

Opinion Who cares? The Scottish Labour party still has nothing remotely interesting or relevant to say, argues Tom Harris

Opinion What lies beneath A new book by Tory MPs elected last year exposes a yearning for a more authentically Conservative agenda, sugests Alison McGovern

The Insider Another dispatch from inside the Westminster village

Tanked up Adam Harrison with the latest from wonk world

Dates for your diary Forthcoming Progress events to debate ideas in The Purple Book


Cover story ‘I’m going to do this my way’ Approaching the first anniversary of his election as Labour leader, Ed Miliband tells Robert Philpot and Richard Angell how he is occupying Britain’s new centre-ground

The next three years One year into his leadership Ed Miliband has shown himself free of the conservatism that hampered many of his predecessors. But he must choose his next steps with care, writes Paul Richards

A sense of national purpose We must learn from our past without retracing our steps. That will require a new analysis of the role of the state and the market, writes Douglas Alexander in this extract from The Purple Book

Schools of thought Simply portraying the Tories as rabid rightwingers will not work. Labour needs a strategy to counter the Conservatives, but it has to emerge from a real understanding of voters’ concerns, argues Peter Watt

Green haze Labour can and must resist further advances by the Greens. Luke Akehurst and Linda Smith outline how

Rediscovering prudence Alistair Darling’s memoirs have reignited the debate about Labour’s alleged mismanagement of the public finances. Nick Pearce examines how the party can restore faith in its economic credibility

All change Take care when assessing the impact of boundary changes on the next election, cautions Lewis Baston

Letter to the next generation Tony Blair’s former pollster Philip Gould has updated his book The Unfinished Revolution. Here he explains why


Back from the Brink: 1,000 days at Number 11 Alistair Darling’s memoirs show why he was the right man at the right time, writes Kitty Ussher

Nick Clegg: The Biography Peter Riddell finds Chris Bowers’ account an uneven apologia for the deputy prime minister

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