Hopi Sen

If voters want cruelty they are spoilt for choice

John McTernan  |  21 November 2014

Don’t know about you, but I’m worried. It looks as though we are in danger of breaking Katwala’s Law. Roadtested at party conferences this year, this is the Sunder Katwala’s brilliant observation that – when it comes to immigration – ‘make promises you can keep’. Look, I can buy the idea that you can charge …

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Future first

Hopi Sen  |  23 July 2014

Elections are always about the future. Tony Blair emphasised this point in his Philip Gould Lecture, perhaps because it was a reminder of Gould’s own relentlessly forward-looking politics. Yet an accounting is needed too. Because for the Labour party, Blair is now in the past, and the adulation and loathing he provokes in different wings …

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Five tests for 2015

Hopi Sen  |  13 May 2014

How to measure Labour’s progress over the next 12 months Some historically minded psephologists apply the trends of the past, and produce models that predict Tory recovery and Labour decline: few oppositions win from the poll share Labour enjoys. For Labour’s pessimists, our lead is too fragile for victory. Others point out the uniqueness of …

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Thinking small

Hopi Sen  |  1 December 2013

Does voters’ distrust of politics provide an opportunity, asks Hopi Sen These dispatches from the electoral frontline from Deborah Mattinson and Zoe Tyndall are dominated by disbelief and mistrust in politics. The political classes do not understand these voters’ concerns. They are a grey-suited, narrow Oxbridge-London elite, who are greedy, selfish and pretty much all …

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It’s complicated, stupid

Hopi Sen  |  8 August 2013

As soon as I read David Miliband’s latest contribution to our political debate, I knew what the main criticism would be. It’s too wordy. It’s too wonky. So let’s get the stylistic stuff out if the way first. David Miliband is not a great prose stylist. He likes to roll out thinkers, summarise their points …

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Can the Tories really renew?

Hopi Sen  |  25 July 2013

In last month’s Progress magazine, I spoke to David Skelton and other Tory thinkers and advisers about their plans to change Conservatism and make the Tory party more appealing to northern, working-class and ethnic minority voters. Then, although the ideas and the people were ready to go, the group didn’t have a name, or a …

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Blue to red: Can Labour win without Tory switchers?

Catherine Vallis  |  14 May 2013

‘No.’ This was the simple answer from Mary Creagh that kicked off the Progress annual conference 2013 breakout session ‘Can Labour win without Tory switchers?’ To explore this issue Progress brought together a diverse panel chaired by Hopi Sen. Mary Creagh, the shadow environment secretary, was joined by Independent columnist Owen Jones, former Daily Telegraph …

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Two years to 2015: where is Labour at?

Vijay Riyait  |  5 April 2013

Andrew Adonis opened the Progress political weekend at Stoke Rochford Hall by saying it was important not to be complacent and that the Labour party faced an almighty political battle. In terms of what Labour had to do to win in 2015, Adonis was at pains to highlight that we now needed real programmes and …

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A touch of class

Hopi Sen  |  29 October 2012

Britain may not have become a ‘classless society’ but most political parties have abandoned using broad social groups to develop campaign strategies, argues Hopi Sen Last week, a friend of mine got the bus to his allotment. Another friend decided to visit a museum before going to the shops for some organic vegetables. Can you …

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The class issue

Progress  |  29 October 2012

November’s edition of Progress is a special issue devoted to the issue of class. We have exclusive polling by YouGov and a commentary by its president, Peter Kellner, showing that working-class attitudes are not what some in the Labour party imagine them to be. Progress contributing editor Hopi Sen argues that while Britain may not …

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