Scottish Labour

A more honest prospectus from politicians

Sheila Gilmore  |  5 February 2016

Dialogue on a doorstep this week: Man: ‘I’ve given up on Labour. I’m Scottish now – SNP all the way.’ Me: ‘Is there anything specific putting you off Labour?’ Man: ‘Everything! Now you’ve let us down again.’ If drawing a pen picture of a ‘core Labour voter’ this man would be it. Late 60s, retired …

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3D printing

Manufacturing a revolution

Lucy Chamberlin  |  2 February 2016

The rapid advancement of technology in all areas of life and work is set to destabilise everything from our patterns of consumption and ownership to the ways in which we govern and regulate ourselves. Whether we are now facing the fourth or fifth industrial revolution, as was under discussion at Davos last month, and discussed …

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Sadiq Khan

‘London’s shop steward’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  2 February 2016

The soon-to-be mayor of London Sadiq Khan talks to Richard Angell and Adam Harrison, and he is hungry for new powers We lost to everyone, everywhere’, says Sadiq Khan, quoting his friend and colleague Jon Cruddas, Labour’s former policy chief speaking on the party’s defeat last May. Scotland was a wipeout, few marginal seats were won, and the Tories …

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University College, Oxford

Entrenched inequality starts at birth

Wes Streeting MP  |  2 February 2016

England is becoming an increasingly divided nation where life chances are determined by postcode, rather than potential. The latest report of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission lays bare the opportunity gulf between different parts of the country and, as the commission’s chair Alan Milburn puts it, ‘the gulf between the ambition of a …

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David Cameron

New year blues

Mary Creagh MP  |  1 February 2016

The first month of the year was bad for Labour but for the country was made worse by the Tories, argues Mary Creagh January 2016 marked the beginning of the first full year of majority Conservative government for two decades. Its slim electoral mandate has not prevented it from carrying out a swingeing assault on tax credits and …

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Comrade Corbyn – A Very Unlikely Coup

Emma Burnell  |  1 February 2016

Comrade Corbyn is a romp through the history, upbringing, life and very occasionally loves of Jeremy Corbyn. It is not authorised, nor did Corbyn work with the author, Rosa Prince, though there are many quotes sourced from close friends and family. Corbyn seems a more than usually guarded person, especially for one who has chosen …

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Bridge. People. Sky. Crowd.

Why long-termism matters

Dan Faundez  |  1 February 2016

In his leader’s speech to Labour party conference in 2011, Ed Miliband distinguished between two types of business: ‘predators’ and ‘producers’. He promised to crack down on the former. He was on to something at least insofar as he recognised there are good and bad aspects of capitalism. But the concept was simplistic and the …

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Eddie Izzard Cake or death

We’ve got to stop asking people, ‘Cake or death?’

Steve Doran  |  29 January 2016

If you would like to upset and confuse a room full of leftwingers, try introducing yourself as a ‘pragmatic socialist’. There will be people that accuse you of trolling them with a ridiculous and impossible concept. Socialism, they will tell you, is an ideology. It is a set of values, like a faith – to …

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Exit poll 2015

Margin of error

The Progressive  |  28 January 2016

We ignore the polls at our peril The dramatic announcement of the results of the exit poll at 10.01pm on Thursday 7 May 2015 has become one of those ‘Where were you?’ political moments. Anyone in politics can tell you what they were doing. Those at the heart of campaigns can recount the shock, horror, …

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Labour balloon

Smell the coffee

Paul Richards  |  28 January 2016

Labour still needs a proper post-mortem In 1987, following an election when Labour won the campaign but lost the election, Philip Gould and his team presented an assessment of Labour’s defeat to a joint meeting of the shadow cabinet and the National Executive Committee. He recalled, ‘We were about to tell the party that 70 years of history had …

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