culture

Brexit is Labour’s future

Jonathan Rutherford  |  10 January 2017

The Labour party must stand with the labour interest – and that means embracing Brexit, writes Jonathan Rutherford Brexit has exposed the cultural and political divisions within the Labour party and its coalition, and it has confounded it. But Brexit is a profound moment in the history of our country and it offers Labour the …

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Miliband hits the right notes

Jonathan Todd  |  24 February 2015

It is rare for prime ministers or leaders of the opposition to give speeches on the arts. Delivering one last night, Ed Miliband observed that Tony Blair once did. Jim Hacker, a character in Yes, Minister did too. Noting that in doing so, Hacker closed BBC Radio 3, Miliband drew laughter. A BBC journalist was …

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Some beauty, some light and some hope

Mehboob Khan  |  14 June 2013

I don’t think of myself as particularly cultural – I’m a working-class Yorkshire lad without much formal education, I’m not a regular theatregoer and there are more classics I haven’t read than I have. Nevertheless, I’ve found myself drawn to the current campaigns to save our arts, science and heritage. Just over our Kirklees border, …

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Cold as ice

The Progressive  |  28 March 2013

Like the Danes, Brits like their political drama dark and brooding A generation of political geeks are in thrall to Borgen. When Sidse Babett Knudsen, the actor who plays Moderate party prime minister Birgitte Nyborg, came to London, she was feted like a Hollywood A-lister. Alastair Campbell interviewed her for the cover of the Sunday …

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One Nation Labour in culture and sport

Jonathan Todd and David Ward  |  19 November 2012

Ed Miliband’s deployment of One Nation Labour is an audacious land grab for the valuable political territory left vacant by the withering of the Tory left. But this will only have sustained purchase if followed through with credible policy. It is encouraging that the shadow cabinet has met to discuss development of One Nation Labour. …

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Remembering the C in DCMS

Stephen Bush  |  9 October 2012

I can’t recall exactly when I first saw Mark Rothko’s Black on Maroon – an unsettling, bleak and profoundly beautiful series of paintings originally commissioned for the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York – but I can remember my reaction.  As a writer, to describe Rothko is to be reminded of my limitations; described in …

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Reorganising and refreshing Whitehall

Derek Wyatt  |  13 August 2012

We created the Office of Communications – Ofcom to you and me – after a long pregnancy in 2003. It combined all of the previous regulators: the Broadcasting Standards Commission, the Independent Television Commission, Oftel, the Radio Authority and the Radiocommunications Agency. It didn’t know what to do with the internet and so it was …

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Great expectations

Adam Harrison and Robert Philpot  |  28 February 2012

Elected to parliament a year ago, Progress vice-chair Dan Jarvis is one of Labour’s rising stars. He talks to Robert Philpot and Adam Harrison about his time in Afghanistan and the tough fight ahead for the party It is the day of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens and shadow arts minister …

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England, England

Michael Kenny and Guy Lodge  |  4 February 2010

If Labour wants to reconnect with working-class voters, it must start articulating a progressive form of English patriotism

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Minimum alcohol pricing

Alan Laing  |  19 January 2010

Trebles all round as the government fails to quench the thirst for cheap booze

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