Blue Labour

Not enough

Stephen Bush  |  2 December 2016

The rise of Brexit and Trump means Labour must deal with ‘very real concerns’, writes Stephen Bush While it is overly simplistic to see the triumph of Donald Trump as only the American progressives’ film adaptation of the European left’s novel, it bore some of the hallmarks of the continental original. The left ran up …

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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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‘I will give my life to this party’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  17 August 2015

‘Mine is the real anti-austerity politics, because it will help Labour win and stop the vile things the Tories are doing’, Liz Kendall tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison Straight from a terrible defeat – one arguably worse than the nadir of 1983 – Labour plunged into a leadership contest that has been gripped by Corbynmania …

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Beware the chimera of ‘unity’

Editorial  |  8 June 2015

The next Labour leader should see it as their duty to create the space to encourage real debate It used to be said of the American Democrats that, in the aftermath of their repeated electoral drubbings in the 1980s, the party’s response was to form a circular firing squad. This is a trait that Labour …

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Money, economy, fiscal responsibility, budget, spending, pensions, saving

It’s the economy, stupid: Time to regain credibility?

Tim Bale  |  19 May 2015

Restoring Labour’s reputation for economic competence – or perhaps I should say resuscitating or even raising it from the dead – has to be the number one task for whoever becomes its new leader.  It may sound, and it may well be, a lot less sexy than, say, holding endless seminars on how to win …

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Labour’s future lies in the stakeholder society

Alex White  |  5 March 2015

When blue Labour first emerged it resembled, according to Sunder Katwala, ‘a cult band given quasi-legendary status precisely because it broke up before recording anything’. The band has been back in the recording studio, and the result is Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics, a new collection of essays from prominent blue Labour thinkers. The …

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Brave new world

Anthony Painter  |  25 September 2014

New times demand Labour turns away from the social democratic settlement of the postwar world, says Anthony Painter As the second world war drew to a close, western societies began to face the future once again, freed from a terrifying two decades. Out of war and depression new possibilities emerged. Nuclear power, the very first …

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One nation: Labour’s political renewal

Anthony Painter  |  10 September 2014

Labour’s policy review led by Jon Cruddas became an argument for transformation of the party – and the nation – rather than a simple list of policy ideas. In a newly published e-book, One nation: Labour’s political renewal, Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford present their core argument for change in 50 or so pages. It is a …

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Why men should get with ‘The Vagenda’

Richard Darlington  |  13 June 2014

First thing’s first, men should read this book. And men who read Progress should definitely read this book. Because it is intensely political, while hardly mentioning politics or politicians. It is a book about modern patriarchy but also about modern capitalism. It is a book written by two women in their twenties, who represent a …

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Why the zero-based spending review is so important

Stephen Beer  |  30 May 2014

The recent election results have led to a debate about how Labour can reconnect with parts of its core vote that United Kingdom Independence party is targeting. Some blue Labour insights have been revisited as we seek to show we are on the side of people who genuinely feel powerless in the face of change. …

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