Healing the divides

Joe Jervis and Stephen Kinnock MP  |  4 October 2017

Labour’s next big social democratic project must be to unite our fractured nation Britain has so much going for it – economically, democratically and culturally. Yet as a country we find ourselves more divided and polarised than at any time since the second world war. Young versus old, graduate versus non-graduate, city versus town – these …

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Hopes in ruins

Amina Lone  |  3 October 2017

Priti Patel’s cynical campaign might have changed the Brexit result but its promise cannot be forgotten The tangled web of Britain’s exit from the European Union is no closer to being unravelled. At its heart lies the omnipresent issue of immigration. However one cuts it, the issue of ‘who, what, where and how’ relating to the movement of people is the …

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No free for all

Catherine Barnard  |  30 August 2017

You can provide controls on immigration while upholding free movement of labour, finds Catherine Barnard For many people, it was concerns about immigration that prompted them to vote to leave the European Union. The perception was that the United Kingdom was unable to deport EU criminals, that EU migrants were putting an undue burden on …

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The manifesto challenge

Jill Rutter  |  19 May 2017

The election provides politicians with an opportunity to secure consent for a post-Brexit immigration system, writes Jill Rutter  With the publication of the Conservatives and other party manifestos this week, we now have an idea of the direction of future immigration policy, as well as how the opposition parties will frame their views. The Liberal …

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The Last Word: May is promising what she cannot deliver

Richard Angell  |  12 May 2017

Immigration pledges, manifesto matters and and Momentum’s marginals – Richard Angell has the last word on the week’s news Drop the migration pledge David Cameron is known for throwing red meat to his backbenchers. Time and again he put party management before the country. The referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union being the …

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Time to get off the fence on freedom of movement

Rachel Finnegan  |  25 April 2017

We have to act on principles rather than playing politics as we shape our Brexit message, writes Rachel Finnegan It is clear to everyone that there were many reasons the general public voted to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016. The economy, sovereignty, immigration, education, trade, austerity, Nigel Farage. But what implications do …

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Looking for somewhere

Allen Simpson  |  12 April 2017

Britain’s new divide is not about a rejection of liberalism, writes Allen Simpson In the dying days of the Gordon Brown government, Douglas Carswell made an impish appearance at a Fabian conference to tell the left that it had a structural problem. He said our purpose was to oppose the powerful, but we have been so …

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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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Simply sloganeering

Matt Kelly  |  6 March 2017

Matt Kelly dissects the government’s underwhelming Brexit white paper Two distinct doses of poison must be swallowed in any examination of the Brexit white paper. The first, one of indigestible condescension from the prime minister. The second, the procession of lies, overpromises and wishful thinking that masquerade as substance in the government’s 12 objectives. That …

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Tackling tax evasion is not enough

Mike Katz  |  3 March 2017

Labour must show it understands that clamping down on tax evasion alone will not create the prosperity we need to fund our public services, argues Mike Katz Much of John McDonnell’s analysis of the government’s economic failure – and the risk to our prosperity and public services that has resulted – was spot on. But how attractive was …

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