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The progressive case for universal basic income

Mark Walker  |  16 November 2017

It is the right time to have the debate on basic income – and the centre-left should not be so quick to dismiss it, argues Mark Walker Universal basic income looks to address a problem for the future rather than repair a problem of the past. It is the very essence of progressiveness and worthy …

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New politics, new France

Felicity Slater  |  19 July 2017

With expectations that surpass those of Tony Blair and Barack Obama, can Emmanuel Macron deliver the change so many believe in, asks Felicity Slater European centre-left has few reasons to be cheerful. The Dutch Labour party was hammered at the polls in March. In Germany, Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union looks set to gain …

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Machine politics

Claire McCarthy  |  13 April 2017

A ‘robot tax’ would deter businesses from much-needed investment in technology, argues Co-operative party general secretary Claire McCarthy You cannot turn on the radio or open a newspaper now without being confronted by a dystopian story about the future impact ‘the robots’ will have on our labour market. As many as 15 million jobs are said to be at …

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The start of a centre-left revival?

William Bain  |  22 February 2017

The popularity of Emmanuel Macron and Martin Schulz has turned the narrative of the inevitable decline of the European centre-left on its head, writes William Bain Visiting Paris and Berlin last autumn to speak with politicians and commentators on the common challenges faced by the centre-left in Europe, despondency was everywhere. Disaster was predicted in …

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Letter From … Paris

Felicity Slater  |  7 February 2017

Leftwinger Benoît Hamon surprises pundits to win French Socialist candidacy, writes Felicity Slater In another surprise to the commentariat, but confirmation disloyalty is more valued than solutions on the left, Benoît Hamon has beaten outgoing prime minister Manuel Valls in the race to become the Socialist party’s candidate for the French presidency. Hamon sits on …

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