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The limits of populism

Robert Philpot  |  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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A question of trust

Ross MacRae  |  17 October 2013

In 1988, then vice-president George HW Bush made a speech at his party’s national convention accepting the party’s nomination for president. The most famous line from this speech was a clear unequivocal pledge – ‘Read my lips: no new taxes.’ The pledge was credited, in part, for winning Bush the presidency.  However, after raising taxes, …

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A nation divided

Inside Washington  |  15 October 2013

These could be the final days for the Republican party as we know it. Polls indicate that more Americans are blaming Republicans (44 per cent) than Democrats (35 per cent) for the current American federal government shutdown. A substantial majority of Americans (72 per cent) want the shutdown to end immediately, though 25 per cent …

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The intervention dilemma

Kirsty McNeill and Andrew Small  |  17 July 2013

‘We know why we were left to die. Because there are no resources in Rwanda. Only Rwandans.’ The speaker was a Rwandan politician we visited in 2006. A progressive approach to humanitarian intervention must begin with the desire to prove her wrong. If the left’s ideals of equality are to mean anything at all then …

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How Worcester woman became Aldi mum

Caroline Flint MP  |  2 July 2013

Mondeo man and Worcester woman dominated political talk in the 1990s. Who are today’s equivalents, asks Caroline Flint It might seem like a contradiction, but to elect a ‘One Nation’ Labour government in 2015 will require careful targeting. Like any political party, we only have so much time and money we can spend on our …

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Basic arithmetic

Roger Liddle  |  4 January 2013

In his great speech to last year’s Democratic convention, Bill Clinton argued that ‘basic arithmetic’ is the only way to defeat the Tea party dogma that lower taxes are the answer to America’s every problem. ‘Basic arithmetic’ is my big argument for Britain in Europe today.  In order to drive home the 21st century realities …

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Lessons from America

Editorial  |  20 November 2012

Both Labour and the Tories can learn from Barack Obama’s re-election Barack Obama’s re-election last month was a remarkable feat. He joins Bill Clinton as only the second Democrat president since Franklin Roosevelt to win a second term. And he won that second term against an economic backdrop more akin to that which faced Roosevelt …

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Winning from the centre-ground

Robert Philpot  |  7 November 2012

However narrow the popular vote margin, Barack Obama’s re-election yesterday was a remarkable feat. He joins Bill Clinton as only the second Democrat president since Franklin Roosevelt to win a second term. And he won that second term against an economic backdrop more akin to that which faced Roosevelt than Clinton. In the electoral college, …

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Fired up and ready to go?

Simon Redfern  |  30 October 2012

By a lucky quirk of fate I’ve just spent ten days on the campaign trail for President Obama in Ohio, that most tricky of swing states right up at the topmost edge of the US. I’ve been able to see a couple of campaigning legends in action:  Siobhan and Margaret McDonagh led a team of …

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Less professor, more president

Matthew Doyle  |  24 October 2012

Despite the upsets, the Democrats may have done just enough to secure victory in the presidential race By Matthew Doyle —Ever since Henry Kissinger’s announcement of a peace deal in Vietnam just before the 1972 presidential election, politicians have lived in fear of the infamous ‘October surprise’. For Democrats this year, that surprise arrived in …

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