In defence of free trade

Stephen Beer  |  7 February 2017

Those hardest hit by globalisation have been betrayed not by free trade, but by governments unwilling to protect them from exploitation, argues Stephen Beer  Not so long ago, free trade was seen as the route to greater prosperity and multilateral trade deals were pursued with this aim in mind. That view has changed somewhat, most noticeably …

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Coming together to renew Labour

Steve Reed MP  |  3 June 2016

Labour suffered a painful defeat in 2010 and a worse one in 2015. Jon Cruddas’ review of our election defeat Labour’s Future showed that voters did not trust us on the economy and did not like where we stood on welfare, immigration, and business. In short, the party lost touch with the voters. History tells …

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Hard truths about traditional diplomacy

Tom Cargill  |  22 April 2016

Britain risks casting itself adrift in the face of a gathering international storm of change fuelled by globalisation and technological revolution. Former foreign secretary David Miliband made clear this new truth just a matter of weeks ago, and today the American president reminds us our influence can be so much greater when magnified through through the …

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Ed watched Dallas but to win our next leader must be a Trekkie

Gareth Horrocks  |  11 August 2015

In Star Trek, the Kobayashi Maru is a simulation to train wannabe captains at the Starfleet Academy. The goal of the exercise is to rescue the Kobayashi Maru, a disabled civilian vessel, which is under attack from the Klingons. The Kobayashi Maru is a no-win scenario. If the wannabe captain attempts a rescue, the Klingons …

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Could Labour die?

Steve Reed MP  |  8 June 2015

Sharing power, and reforming the Labour party to do it, could breathe new life into our politics After Labour’s staggering defeat in 2010 few people thought we could go down even further, but in 2015 we did. We were wiped out in Scotland, have hardly any representation in the south of England outside London, and saw our majorities shrink …

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Brexit risks our place in the world

Ivana Bartoletti  |  22 May 2015

George Osborne said on Wednesday that Britain should remain in European Union, but not be run by Europe. The risk is that, instead of freeing up Britain from European influence, “Brexit” would turn the United Kingdom into a European economic satellite. Business leaders know this risk very well – and fear it. This is why …

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‘This is personal’

Naushabah Khan  |  10 March 2015

Naushabah Khan responds to Parmjit Dhanda’s article 2020 vision Parmjit Dhanda sets out the challenges for a future Labour government. Importantly, he picks up on the need to ‘engage society in a more educative process about globalisation.’ He is correct in identifying the need to embrace the increasingly interconnected world we live in, and also …

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From the ballot box to Bangladesh: making development political

James Denselow  |  15 February 2015

Speaking at a ONE event in January, Ed Miliband reminded his audience (of less sceptical youngsters) that ‘change is possible’, and how, 15 years after the millennium development goals were set out, ‘58m more children go to primary school’. Miliband recognised that while international development is not ‘fashionable’, it remains crucially important, as it is about …

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The wisdom to try

Stuart Hudson  |  15 February 2015

Globalisation poses an existential question for Labour Progressive parties across Europe are battling to adapt to globalisation. Open markets and technological change create huge opportunities for consumers but they also shake up industries and bring deep insecurity to employees. For the left, one possible response is to raise the drawbridge. This is the politics of trade barriers …

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There is no third way

Stuart Macnaughtan  |  11 December 2014

Peter Mandelson’s speech at the IPPR’s conference on policy priorities for the next European Commission was his second intervention in as many days following the launch of Policy Network’s Laying the Foundations for a Labour Century report. It was a speech from a political heavyweight clearly still passionate about Britain’s place in the world and …

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