Danish lessons

Lewis Baston  |  16 December 2015

While Oldham West and Royton was voting – so overwhelmingly Labour – on 3 December, another vote was taking place not far away which may also have important consequences for the future of British politics. This vote was a referendum in Denmark on closer European cooperation on justice and security. And the result was that …

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State of the left

Michael McTernan  |  18 July 2014

Reformist social democrats offer a glimmer of hope for the left in Europe, writes Michael McTernan In April this year, the Financial Times’ Tony Barber observed that the flag of modern social democracy flies again in Europe. He was referring to a new generation of centre-left leaders who are being forced to define for themselves …

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Left out in the cold

Michael McTernan  |  28 March 2013

Scandinavian social democrats have not been immune to the woes of the European centre-left, reports Michael McTernan IT may come as a surprise to some that Scandinavia has not been a haven for social democracy at a time when Europe’s political map has been littered with centre-left casualties. Much like other parties on the European …

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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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Next top model

Katrine Marçal  |  27 March 2013

Ed Miliband’s ‘Borgen tour’ highlighted Labour’s interest in Scandinavia. But what does the famed ‘Nordic model’ actually mean? Katrine Kielos explains THE ‘Nordic model’ is a popular concept but also a disputed one. Is the success of the Nordic economies due to high taxes and universal benefits? Or is it due to school vouchers and …

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Northern lights

Ed Miliband MP  |  27 March 2013

It is the thriving private sector which should inspire us about Scandinavia, argues Ed Miliband LIKE many, I admire the achievements of social democracy in Scandinavia. For decades, the combination of strong social security programmes, a narrower gap between the very rich and the very poor, and a consistent commitment to women’s rights at work, …

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Mary, Mary?

The Insider  |  28 February 2013

A scandal can break a politician’s reputation. But in opposition a good scandal can be the making of them. So it has proved for shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh, whose performance on the ‘horsemeat’ scandal has strengthened her reputation as a reliable, effective, competent shadow minister, one of the emerging talents on the Labour frontbench …

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A toxic fiscal legacy

Alison Garnham  |  13 November 2012

If to govern is to choose then the coalition government is going to be responsible for an awful lot of money being spent in years to come because of not choosing children today. The Purple Papers, published by Progress, are a welcome call for an approach that sees the wisdom in taking strategic decisions to …

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Real choices for Labour

Editorial  |  25 October 2012

Progress launches a debate on the challenges the party faces The aftermath of the financial crisis can hardly be said to have ushered in a golden era for European social democracy. Throughout the continent, centre-left parties have struggled to present a plausible alternative to the right’s message of belt-tightening and budget-balancing, and have paid a …

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Keep centre

Liam Byrne MP  |  30 January 2012

Labour needs to find a new way back to a new centre-ground, argues Liam Byrne In the 1990s, progressives learned an important lesson about how to win elections: we built wide coalitions; we held firm to traditional values; but we freed the political mind for new solutions, new methods, new ways of doing business. We …

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