Boris Johnson

Saving the ‘lost generation’

Clive Soley  |  16 June 2016

We must not let history repeat itself In May 1979 the defeated prime minister, James Callaghan, said to me that he felt sorry for new members of parliament like myself as we would be in opposition for 10 years. He was wrong. It was 18 years. Callaghan thought the arrival of North Sea oil and …

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Quips, insults and bananas

Emma Burnell  |  15 June 2016

It was an odd sort of a line up we saw on last night’s Telegraph/Huffington Post/Youtube EU debate. On the remain side we had two formidable politicians who – like it or not (and I suspect for many Progress readers the answer will be not) have had their turn at leading or seeking to lead …

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Cold water time

The Insider  |  8 June 2016

Jon Cruddas’ long-awaited independent inquiry into why Labour lost last year’s general election, released last month, was a rerun of the slow-motion car crash your insider, and, no doubt readers at home, bore horrified witness to after 2010. As a bucket of cold water to snap the old believers out of their earlier faith in …

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‘That’s nasty, ugly politics’

Adam Harrison and Jerome Neil  |  7 June 2016

Alan Johnson is taking no prisoners in Labour’s campaign to remain in the European Union, find Adam Harrison and Jerome Neil As we enter his office overlooking Parliament Square, Alan Johnson is seated behind his desk, scribbling away. ‘I’m just writing to a cleaner, the owner of a café, a woman who started her own …

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Vote Leave have no genuine answers on immigration

Christabel Cooper  |  7 June 2016

As expected, the issue of immigration has now been fully weaponised by the Brexiters. It is a missile that Labour Remainers find difficult to defend against when talking to our traditional voters. Arguing that migration has brought demonstrable economic benefits runs up against the problem that the supporting logic is convoluted, slightly counter-intuitive and the …

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The Last Word: The end of Boris’ end-of-the-pier show

Jamie Reed MP  |  22 April 2016

Boris Johnson has unique political gifts. Fortunately, being unique does not also make these gifts useful, desirable or of particular public value. In truth, Johnson’s most consistent gift has been the gift of ‘getting away with it’. Such a gift has little political value other than to the individual in possession of it. Johnson has …

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The good, the bad, and the unpredictable

Kitty Ussher  |  12 April 2016

The threat of Brexit aside, the economy looks set to continue improving, says Kitty Ussher Regardless of the politics of the matter, the main news from last month’s budget is that the economy is in good shape. Of course, that is not to say there is not room for improvement, or that our country is structured …

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If it’s broke, fix it

Adam Harrison  |  30 March 2016

Adam Harrison with the latest from the wonk world Plenty about the way public services
 are currently run could be fixed, even if everything is not totally broken. Scottish Labour under leader Kezia Dugdale turned heads once more last month by pledging 
to abolish council tax – possibly the most unpopular tax ever. It was …

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An equal chance: Making apprenticeships worth celebrating

Fiona Twycross AM  |  16 March 2016

According to the government’s web page publicising this year’s Apprenticeship Week (14 -18 March), the week is ‘to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy’. The theme this year is how ‘an apprenticeship can take you anywhere’ and there is a particular focus on how young people, entrepreneurs and businesses …

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Cameron gives the hard sell on EU membership

Emma Reynolds MP  |  23 February 2016

There was a strange dynamic in the House of Commons chamber yesterday afternoon. A prime minister, who has consistently called himself a Eurosceptic, doing the hard sell on British membership of the European Union. Flanked by a recent pro-European convert, Theresa May, and the earliest ‘outer’ in his Cabinet, Chris Grayling, who deliberately left enough …

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