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Labour’s progressive battle

Mike Ion  |  18 February 2016

The Labour government ‘contributed almost nothing new or imaginative to the pool of ideas with which men seek to illuminate human nature and its environment’. So wrote the New Statesman in a 1954 biographical piece about Clement Attlee and the 1945-1951 Labour government. Amazing as though it may now appear, some contemporary Labour figures of …

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Labour’s missing project

Editorial  |  9 December 2015

You cannot lead a social democratic party without an economic project. Respect them as we do, none of the ‘Anyone But Corbyn’ candidates had one. Each had economic policy but no project. Andy Burnham’s attempt to be pro-business spurred his hard-left supporters to put Jeremy Corbyn on the ballot paper; Yvette Cooper had good ideas …

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Bedtime

Richard Angell  |  29 October 2015

Time to put the last Labour government to bed Kitty Ussher, Jacqui Smith, Anne Begg, Stephen Twigg and Mike Gapes assess how Labour did The last Labour government was the Labour party’s greatest electoral success. It transformed our public realm and brought into being a Britain more relaxed with itself. It had a record of improvement and innovation in the public services that no other …

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Principled and proud

Richard Angell  |  29 October 2015

The achievements of the last Labour government – many chronicled here – are massive and make me proud to be in this great party. The national minimum wage will outlive that government the way the creation of the NHS, our national parks, the Open University, have outlived the Attlee and Wilson governments that created them. Some …

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British Liberal Leaders

Roger Liddle  |  16 October 2015

This book is the third in an impressive series on political leadership in Britain’s mainstream parties which we owe to an imaginative initiative of Charles Clarke’s. Though the books make good reading for anyone interested in politics, this sustained reflection by historians, political scientists and practising politicians is particularly timely for Labour as the party …

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British Labour and Conservative Leaders

Richard Carr  |  2 October 2015

At the last five general elections the British public has voted in favour of a prime minister who offers centrism, charisma, competence and confidence. Labour’s response to this has been to replace Ed Miliband with Jeremy Corbyn. For some it may be difficult to know where to begin with that. Fortunately BiteBack’s edited volumes on …

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Into the unknown

Editorial  |  24 September 2015

A chapter has closed. The era of New Labour is over. It is living history to some, but history nonetheless. A Next Left chapter must now be written for Labour. The last Labour government was a great success socially, economically and culturally. It made Britain a stronger, more cohesive, place. It was not just the list of achievements, but the …

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Left right centre

Tal Michael  |  18 September 2015

            This is the graphic that matters in British politics.                       The figures change at the margin between polls (this is from before the election) but the overall picture remains the same. It is not the only spectrum that matters …

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Osborne’s to lose?

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  1 September 2015

Fixed-term parliaments still create a lot of unknowns in British politics. The royal prerogative, exercised by the sitting prime minister to abolish the legislature and go to the country, was always a double-edged sword for the occupant of No 10. The longer the parliament, the worse the result. Labour governments – not that there have …

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Always underestimated

Jonathan Todd  |  1 September 2015

David Cameron may yet lead the Conservatives into the next general election, argues Jonathan Todd Tony Blair, I was told by someone who spoke to him at the time, was confident when David Cameron became Conservative party leader that he would go the same way as the previous Tory leaders that he had gone head …

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