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Trends turn against Labour

Ben Dilks  |  16 February 2017

Ben Dilks with the latest from the wonk world There could not be a more overt gathering of the ‘global elite’ than the World Economic Forum in Davos. Beneath the shimmer of the Swiss Alps, the £15,000-a-ticket summit plays host to an equally glittering array of world leaders, celebrities and billionaire financiers – the targets of the anti-establishment rhetoric …

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Future Proof: Britain in the 2020s

Mathew Lawrence  |  5 January 2017

Progressives must be the architects of a better future, writes Mathew Lawrence Given the year just gone, to say the centre-left is in crisis is a truism bordering on a banality. What is now required from progressives is less handwringing and premature autopsies on their fate, and more effort to get to grips with the …

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Wonks wake up to Brexit

Ben Dilks  |  16 December 2016

It has already become a cliché to say historians will spend years poring over Britain’s shock Brexit vote. While there will inevitably be a huge amount of debate over the various causes and eventual consequences, few contest the magnitude of the result. The immediate political fallout – battles within the two main parties, leading to a shiny new …

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If it’s broke, fix it

Adam Harrison  |  30 March 2016

Adam Harrison with the latest from the wonk world Plenty about the way public services
 are currently run could be fixed, even if everything is not totally broken. Scottish Labour under leader Kezia Dugdale turned heads once more last month by pledging 
to abolish council tax – possibly the most unpopular tax ever. It was …

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Labour’s unreconciled dilemma

Adam Harrison  |  19 February 2016

As IPPR releases a raft of new reports on schools, housing and criminal justice reform, it is tempting to pursue business as usual and inspect its policy proposals. Times are, however, different. The ever-perceptive Stephen Daisley last month commented that Progress, rather than leading the ‘counterrevolution … spends most of its time debating how to reform public …

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Progress towards greater equality?

Clare Murphy  |  22 October 2015

An IPPR report published this week found that mothers are the breadwinners for one in three families with dependent children in the United Kingdom today. The proportion of mothers earning half or more of the family income has increased considerably in the last two decades, from 23 per cent in 1996 to 33 per cent in …

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No mean task

Adam Harrison  |  27 September 2015

Adam Harrison with the latest from the wonk world Last month Tanked Up reported that Policy Network would be continuing the long-running ‘southern discomfort’ series of studies into Labour’s electoral (mis)fortunes. The problem is now extremely serious, and Patrick Diamond and Giles Radice’s latest instalment takes the form of an entire book. It makes for grim reading, …

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Heirs of eternal liberalism

Alex White  |  3 September 2015

John Maynard Keynes wrote, frustrated, that leading Labour politicians of his era did not realise they are not ‘secretaries of an outworn creed … but the heirs of eternal liberalism’. For most of Labour’s history, the party has proved Keynes’ frustrations right; partly because liberalism has another political home, partly because practical applications of our …

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100 days of Tory majority

Alex White  |  15 August 2015

100 days ago this weekend, Labour party members were falling exhausted into their beds as the rest of the country was waking up to the first Conservative majority government in 18 years. The first days of a government are not everything, but they are indicative of how the next few years will play out. With …

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8 May: the date we start to devolve power

Jessica Studdert  |  16 April 2015

One of the lesser commented-on aspects of Labour’s manifesto launch this week was Ed Miliband’s declaration that Labour would be seeking to win power in order to give it away. At the core of Labour’s offer to the country is a pledge to give power back to people so that they can change things for …

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