industrial policy

Owning the future

Stephen Kinnock MP  |  3 May 2016

In their far-sighted article for Juncture on the coming decade and the future of the left, Gavin Kelly and Nick Pearce offer a comprehensive and compelling analysis of the underlying forces that will shape British politics for the remainder of this decade, and beyond. At the heart of their piece is the argument that any …

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How Good We Can Be

Jacqui Smith  |  30 April 2015

For many the run-up to the 1997 election saw us clutching our pledge card in one hand and our copy of Will Hutton’s The State We’re In in the other. In How Good We Can Be, Hutton once again seeks to provide not just an analysis of the deepseated problems with the United Kingdom’s economy …

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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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Progressive Capitalism

Kitty Ussher  |  11 June 2013

I have a lot of respect for David Sainsbury, gained from our time working together a decade ago at the Department for Trade and Industry, and I have also benefitted from a number of campaigns and organisations he has funded. So it was with some trepidation that I opened up his book Progressive Capitalism: How …

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Opportunities cost: What price predistribution and industrial activism?

Simon Jeffrey  |  23 April 2013

11am, Tuesday 23 April 2013, Wilson Room Andrew Adonis shadow infrastructure minister Toby Perkins MP shadow small business minister Nicola Smith head of economic and social affairs, TUC Hopi Sen joint author, ‘In the Black’ Labour Chair Seema Malhotra MP chair, parliamentary Labour party business group With the launch of a new Progress pamphlet, The Purple …

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A patriotic voice for Britain’s influence in Europe

Peter Mandelson  |  21 March 2013

REMARKS BY LORD MANDELSON TO THE CBI DINNER THURSDAY MARCH 21 2013 AT THE PARK LANE HOTEL, LONDON I am very happy these days to be spending rather more time in business than in politics. I cannot say that I enjoy every moment of being out of government. And I would like to help finish …

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Agreeing an active industrial policy

Michael Leahy  |  27 February 2013

This week George Osborne has failed two important tests: the first being his own benchmark for economic stability, Britain’s credit rating; the second, my preferred benchmark for economic success, Britain’s industrial strength. Because not only has the UK lost its AAA credit status but we have also seen the historic carpet manufacturer, Axminster Carpets, call …

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Towards a new industrial policy consensus?

Nicola Smith  |  14 January 2013

It may not be immediately clear what Michael Heseltine, Andrew Adonis, corporate director Andrew Churchill and the TUC’s Frances O’Grady have in common, but last week’s TUC After Austerity debate showed they all believe active government has an important role to play in securing future growth, and that national consensus (around this issue at least) …

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Public and private, strong and dynamic

Andrew Adonis  |  10 October 2012

I don’t think there is much dispute that Britain’s industrial base is too weak and too narrow. If that weren’t the case we probably wouldn’t be in a double-dip recession. And we certainly wouldn’t be in a crisis with 2.6m unemployed, youth unemployment of more than one million, and national income still significantly lower than …

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A renewed industrial policy

Dermot Finch  |  7 June 2012

Industrial policy is back in favour. Both Labour and the coalition now agree that we need a more active industrial strategy. But what should a modern industrial strategy look like? And how should Labour’s version differ from the coalition’s? Labour has changed its mind on industrial policy. Back in the pre-recession days of Gordon Brown’s …

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