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After the fall

James Bloodworth  |  25 September 2014

Twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall came down, James Bloodworth on why New Labour was the natural next chapter for the left Next month marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the liberation of eastern Europe from Soviet communism. The wall was erected in 1961, ostensibly to protect the population of …

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No sacred cows

Gregg McClymont MP  |  25 September 2014

Labour revisionism takes on both leftwing orthodoxy and the destructive potential of capitalism, writes Gregg McClymont Each generation must overturn the conventional wisdoms of the last. In social democracy this process for more than a century has been called revisionism. Its author, the German Social Democrat politician Eduard Bernstein, observed the failure of Marxism theory …

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Hard Choices

Matthew Doyle  |  17 July 2014

How do you write a memoir that you want to be both a bestseller and yet not have any political hostages to fortune? ‘Relatively easily’ would seem to be the answer if you are Hillary Rodham Clinton whose new tome, Hard Choices, pulls the curtain back on her time as America’s top diplomat, even if …

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A place called hope

Mark Cooper  |  9 July 2014

People from all over the world have an American president they identify with, whether that be John F Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama or another. For me, it is Bill Clinton. Why? Well, his 1996 re-election campaign was the first political campaign I was aware of. I saw him playing the saxophone on television and …

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The federalisers’ moment

Editorial  |  3 March 2014

Throughout its history the divisions between Labour’s left and right – over issues ranging from nationalisation and public ownership to the market economy, Europe, and defence – have served to disguise a subtler, but no less important, fissure: that between what the writer GDH Cole termed ‘federalists and centralisers’. It is a centuries-old tension deep …

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Diagnosis done. Time for a cure

Stephen Bush  |  11 February 2014

The good news: it was a speech Tony Blair could easily have given. The semi-approving invocation of Margaret Thatcher, the silence where Labour’s past ought to be, the promise to break down old institutions and reorient public services: it was all there. Now for the bad news: It was a speech Tony Blair could easily …

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Breaking the silence

Robert Philpot  |  7 February 2014

Since its defeat in 2010, public service reform has been the black hole in Labour’s internal debate. Next week, at last, we can expect some colour, with Ed Miliband’s first major speech on the subject, Jon Cruddas entering the fray, and Liz Kendall launching the IPPR’s report on the ‘relational state’. Over the past three …

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Target Ed

Hopi Sen  |  7 November 2013

Ed Miliband is not the first progressive politician to be smeared by his opponents. Hopi Sen reports on what Labour can learn from how others have responded   The Daily Mail’s attack on Ralph Miliband is a reminder that, in modern politics, almost nothing is off limits. Of course, there is actually nothing new about …

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The forgotten middle class

Alan Milburn  |  5 November 2013

Alan Milburn outlines an agenda to tackle the plight of the middle class and expand its numbers It is in Britain’s DNA that everyone should have a fair chance in life. Yet too often demography is destiny. Over decades we have become a wealthier society but we have struggled to become a fairer one. The …

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The limits of populism

Editorial  |  1 November 2013

For much of the last three decades, leftwing populism has seemed something of a contradiction in terms. Even after Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan departed the political stage, the right retained a powerful hold over much of the traditional discourse of populism: inverting and perverting its narrative of the ‘people versus the powerful’ to target …

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