Harold Wilson

The wrong battles

The Progressive  |  14 November 2017

Progressive politics should be looking to the future, not trying to nationalise the private sector The Labour party has been having a row about the role of the state, markets, and the profit motive since Queen Victoria was on the throne. Early radicals and socialists had an instinctive distrust of a strong state, which they …

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What has changed?

Stella Creasy MP  |  20 April 2017

How do the policy challenges of 1997 compare with the ones we face today, asks Stella Creasy Tony Blair did not send a single email in office. The 1997 manifesto pledged to get rid of outside toilets in schools, such was the condition of our public services. Back then people went into shops to book …

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The centre ground attitude

James Wood  |  27 March 2017

For as long as Labour considers centrism to be ‘boring, managerial politics’, the public will continue not to listen to it – and they will be right not to, argues James Wood It is a truth universally acknowledged that any political party seeking to be elected must wish to find the centre ground. Though many in …

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Labour must not abandon internationalism

Roger Liddle  |  21 February 2017

Roger Liddle’s speech to the House of Lords calling on Labour to fight hard Brexit I want to address my brief remarks to my own benches. Whatever our differences on our response to last year’s referendum, we are all with some few exceptions pro-Europeans, including members of our frontbench who I count as good friends. …

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Communitarian traditions

Jerome Neil  |  8 February 2017

Labour cannot claim to govern in the interests of working people while pledging to disregard their wishes, argues Jerome Neil Rarely in the Labour party’s history has it seemed as peripheral to the national discourse as it does now. A recent YouGov poll put the party on 24 per cent, a staggering 16 points behind the Conservatives, four points behind …

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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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We need to talk about compromise

Mary Wimbury  |  24 October 2016

I have been struck talking to new party members how often I have heard variations on the sentiment ‘I couldn’t be an elected politician, I couldn’t compromise my beliefs’. There is admiration for Jeremy Corbyn, based on his refusal to compromise, but also a recognition that it is something successful elected politicians need to do. The art of …

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Westminster Diary: A Reluctant Minister Under Tony Blair

Andrew Harrop  |  26 July 2016

I had not known that Bernard Donoughue was a junior minister in the opening period of Tony Blair’s premiership. The affable peer will always be best known for the part he played in the turbulent Wilson and Callaghan years, as the head of the No 10 policy unit – the subject of two earlier volumes …

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Governing Britain: It’s all about the person, not some hypothetical ideal

Alison McGovern MP and Peter Lamb  |  19 April 2016

Nye Bevan, Richard Crossman and Harold Wilson inspire leader of Crawley borough council Peter Lamb’s modern-day battles for more and better housing, he tells chair of Progress Alison McGovern as she tours the country meeting the Labour leaders who are governing Britain Peter: Here in Crawley we are in overall control [but] we’ve got a majority of one, …

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Harold Wilson: The Unprincipled Prime Minister?

Barry Sheerman MP  |  7 April 2016

As I read this collection of essays on the life of Harold Wilson I became acutely aware of the particular influence Harold had had on the whole of my life, from the time I was born. Starting with his key wartime role as a civil servant and moving on to his close working relationship with …

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