Nationalist posturing over Trident gets us nowhere

John Woodcock MP  |  20 January 2015

The UK’s nuclear deterrent will always be a controversial issue for the country and its politicians. That is understandable: the prospect of nuclear holocaust is so grotesque that many simply will not countenance their taxes being spent on a system that could – even in theory – inflict it. Some members of all parties, including …

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Justice, not charity

Alison McGovern MP  |  3 November 2014

Labour must aim to abolish international aid —Global policy – whether it is about conflict, trade or economics – occasionally appears to be a discussion at a distance from ordinary British people. In part this is because of the scale of the challenges we face, but also because too often it can seem to be …

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Better together?

Gary Kent  |  6 October 2014

The Kurds face the world’s wealthiest and best-armed terrorist organisation in Daish (Isil) and are struggling to cope with a 20 per cent increase in their population through a massive influx of desperate refugees and internally displaced people in just a few months. The majority of the internally displaced people are Arab Iraqis but Baghdad …

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From Tunis with love

James Denselow  |  2 October 2014

In his speech yesterday David Cameron set out his thoughts on Isil in a manner that many would agree with. He explained that the ‘threat is Islamist extremist terrorism – and it has found a new, hellish crucible – with Isil, in Iraq and Syria. These people are evil, pure and simple. They kill children; …

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Letter from … Paris

Gérard Grunberg  |  2 October 2014

Ideological divisions within the French Socialists are nothing new for a party whose refounding moment in 1971 saw it seek to make a clear break with capitalism. But, today, these divisions have taken on new gravity, for three main reasons. The first is that, up until now, these divisions have been expressed above all when …

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Confronting evil

John Woodcock MP  |  22 September 2014

It is a case not of whether but when we intervene Just over a year on from parliament choosing inactivity as a response to a horrific war crime in Syria, we find ourselves as a country and a parliament once again wracked with uncertainty. Faced with an unprecedented threat from the wave of Islamic State-led …

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The price of inaction

Editorial  |  2 September 2014

In July, when asked how he would deal with Syria’s civil war if he becomes prime minister, Ed Miliband echoed his first speech as Labour leader and responded: ‘One of the ways the party has changed since I became leader is that war is now always a last resort.’ The notion that war might not …

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State of the left

Michael McTernan  |  18 July 2014

Reformist social democrats offer a glimmer of hope for the left in Europe, writes Michael McTernan In April this year, the Financial Times’ Tony Barber observed that the flag of modern social democracy flies again in Europe. He was referring to a new generation of centre-left leaders who are being forced to define for themselves …

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Memo on … foreign affairs

Paul Richards  |  18 July 2014

Congratulations on your appointment as foreign secretary. You join Ernest Bevin, Herbert Morrison, James Callaghan, Tony Crosland, Robin Cook, Jack Straw and David Miliband in the pantheon. As you mount the Grand Staircase, and stroll around the Locarno Suite and Durbar Court, you will find it hard not to be in awe of your new …

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Hard Choices

Matthew Doyle  |  17 July 2014

How do you write a memoir that you want to be both a bestseller and yet not have any political hostages to fortune? ‘Relatively easily’ would seem to be the answer if you are Hillary Rodham Clinton whose new tome, Hard Choices, pulls the curtain back on her time as America’s top diplomat, even if …

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