Philip Collins

When They Go Low, We Go High

Paul Richards  |  22 November 2017

Great speeches are an essential tool of democracy, and a bulwark against base populism, argues Paul Richards On the plains of Africa, about 100,000 years ago, give or take, human beings decided to stop pointing at things and start using sounds to describe them. They developed words for their immediate surroundings such as ‘food’, ‘fire’, …

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Seriously Corbynism

Philip Collins  |  11 July 2017

A proper consideration of the Labour leader’s programme must now happen, writes Philip Collins For most of his career on the fringes of politics, Jeremy Corbyn has not been a serious figure. Happy to campaign forlornly for losing causes, largely on foreign policy issues over which he had no influence, he was destined to be a footnote …

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After the earthquake

Chris Hipkins MP  |  9 October 2015

We all like big party meetings. As activists they make us feel like we are on a roll, that we are gaining momentum, and that victory is just around the corner. So it was sobering at Progress Question Time to hear former Labour member of parliament Jacqui Smith recall that the largest party meeting she …

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Keir Hardie

Hardie’s inheritor

Renie Anjeh  |  19 August 2015

Liz Kendall offers the New and blue that Labour needs One of the missed opportunities of the ancien regime was an alliance between New Labour and blue Labour. The potential was there. Maurice Glasman, the blue Labour godfather, wrote an e-book called Labour’s Radical Tradition which included contributions from New Labour luminaries such as James Purnell, Tessa Jowell, Philip Collins, …

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Digital by design

Adam Harrison  |  22 May 2013

‘Are there gaps in our “pyramid of engagement”?’ ‘How do we “reuse the wheel”?’ ‘Can we be “digital by default”?’ These were the questions circulating somewhere in the ether above a crowded room of thinktankers gathered together on the initiative of Social Market Foundation at the Overseas Development Institute London headquarters in close partnership with …

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