Graeme Cooke

The Twitterati’s digital censure

Adam Harrison  |  10 December 2013

It was an extraordinary leap by most standards, even for British journalism. The headline ‘Labour: We’ll scrap benefits for under 25s’ in the Daily Telegraph at the end of last month provoked a storm of online outrage and counter-outrage as the Twitterati crowded into the echo chamber to revel in mutual indignation and demand that …

0 Comments Read more

A NEET idea

Graeme Cooke  |  2 September 2013

Labour should commit to slashing the number of young people not in work or education. Graeme Cooke suggests how More than one in seven 16-to-24-year-olds – over a million young people – are not in education, employment or training in the UK. Rather than developing their skills or starting their careers, these youngsters are being …

2 Comments Read more

A good week for Labour

Robert Philpot  |  7 June 2013

A fiercely political chancellor, George Osborne has long been a better reader of the opinion polls than steward of the nation’s economy. Unsurprisingly, he has homed in on public perceptions that Labour cannot be trusted to run the economy in general, and control spending on welfare in particular, and has used his time at the …

1 Comment Read more

How do we get Britain back to work?

James Gill  |  17 May 2013

The Progress business breakout session, entitled Osborne’s Not Working: How do we get Britain back to work?, was an example of real progress and commitment that Labour has to becoming the natural party of business. Chaired by Seema Malhotra, the chair of the Labour backbench committee on business, and a panel featuring our shadow business …

2 Comments Read more

What should Labour’s priorities for government be?

Lucy Rigby  |  8 March 2013

It was a real pleasure to welcome Progress, IPPR, Nic Dakin MP and Caroline Flint MP to Lincoln last night as part of Progress’ Purple Papers tour, discussing: Real Change for Britain: what should Labour’s priorities for government be? In Lincoln. As a party, listening to people (members and non-members), and discussing the issues that …

0 Comments Read more

Facing up to hard choices

Stephen Beer  |  25 January 2013

A party ready for government needs to have a mature policy-making process.  It needs to be bold and realistic, and it needs to appreciate that there will be difficult challenges to face once it is elected. That is why the Purple Papers are a useful and distinct contribution to the policy debate.  The contributions face …

1 Comment Read more

The Purple Papers: Labour means work

Jonathan Todd  |  27 November 2012

On a few occasions, as Steve Van Riel notes in The Purple Papers, the Labour government did suggest people should pay more for better public services. When it was a rise in national insurance for the health service, this was largely popular. When it was a levy on inheritance for social care, it was not. …

1 Comment Read more

Heavy on ‘Labour’, light on ‘thinking’

Stephen Bush  |  30 October 2012

In the United States, an election already defined by the American right’s increasingly ludicrous attacks on the forces of reality took a turn for the worse this week, as the rightwing press and the conservative blogosphere levelled their ire against Nate Sliver, the polling expert whose great sin is to predict that Barack Obama is …

0 Comments Read more

Striking a better balance

Graeme Cooke  |  30 May 2012

We need to arrest the shift from building homes to subsidising rents By Graeme Cooke —Promoting homeownership and defending social housing have dominated the politics of housing within the Labour party since the 1990s. Often seen as separating ‘Old Labour’ and New Labour, both are now perilously placed. Rates of homeownership have been falling since …

2 Comments Read more

Building the new centre ground

Bex Bailey  |  20 March 2012

Winning in 2015 requires an understanding of where the electorate will be. By anticipating now where people will be then, we can begin to build now a set of winning policies. However, as an audience member pointed out in the Progress political weekend session ‘Building the new centre ground: understanding the electorate of 2015’, we …

3 Comments Read more