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A presidential race in all but name

David Talbot  |  1 October 2014

The two main antagonists for May 2015 have had their say. Right down to choosing Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow’ – immortalised in Bill Clinton’s successful presidential campaign of 1992, it also sold five million copies in 1977, incidentally – David Cameron sought to make the coming election a binary choice. Red versus …

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Clement Attlee and Ernest Bevin

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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Not too much radicalism, but too little

Patrick Diamond  |  25 September 2014

Ed Miliband’s task in Manchester this week was inevitably a demanding one. The Labour leader had to rally the faithful by setting out a compelling vision of how British society would be fairer under a Labour government, while at the same time providing a credible policy framework that would inspire confidence in the party’s ability to govern. Miliband’s …

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More chapel than cathedral

Hopi Sen  |  23 September 2014

A confession, dear reader: I did not watch the whole speech. When I heard that the hall was to be in raptures for a full hour and 20 minutes, I thought of the soon-to-be-available transcript. I thought of the pre-briefing I had been helpfully emailed the night before.  It occurred to me that these labour-saving devices had been …

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Ed Miliband at Labour conference 2012

Conference calls

Philip Collins  |  22 September 2014

The leader’s speech is Ed Miliband’s last chance to win the mantle of prime minister-in-waiting, writes Philip Collins In one sense Miliband knows exactly what he needs to do. He finds himself in the position of Margaret Thatcher in 1978 and Tony Blair in 1996, two party leaders who we see now as distinctive and serious …

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Ed Miliband banking speech 17 January 2014

Convincing a sceptical nation

Editorial  |  22 September 2014

It is just over two years since Ed Miliband greeted the election of François Hollande with the words ‘the tide is turning against an austerity approach’. The new French president, he said, offered a ‘different way forward’ and praised his determination to create a ‘Europe of growth and jobs’. With his promise that ‘another way …

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Launch party

Paul Richards  |  21 September 2014

The pre-election conference season can herald victory or spell defeat for political parties. Paul Richards examines the lessons of history The party’s conferences have often been a case study in how to lose votes and alienate voters. Before Labour’s worst-ever defeat in 1983, Labour’s conferences had been horrible spectacles of recrimination and extremism. The party …

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Street of houses

Power to cities, streets and communities

Rachael Saunders  |  21 September 2014

Ed Miliband’s commitment to a wide-ranging dialogue about the constitutional future of our country is vital. The challenges that this country and others now face - climate change, widening economic inequality, our response to our ageing population – are so great that no sensible person thinks that Westminster can solve them alone. I often hear ‘London’ cited …

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Gordon Brown

Northern light?

Gordon Brown MP  |  2 September 2014

Beware the SNP’s false promise of social democracy, argues Gordon Brown Progressives looking to an independent Scotland as the standard-bearer in the global fight against inequality will be sorely disappointed upon a closer inspection of the facts. One of the propaganda devices of the Scottish National party has been to persuade left-of-centre opinion that breaking …

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Over and out?

John McTernan  |  2 September 2014

If Scotland votes ‘No’ this month, Labour must move quickly to define the victory, says John McTernan If, as all the polls have consistently predicted, the ‘No’ campaign triumphs in this month’s Scottish referendum, it will be a great victory for Labour. But then the real work begins. Normally after a victory – and particularly …

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