The wrong battles

The Progressive  |  14 November 2017

Progressive politics should be looking to the future, not trying to nationalise the private sector The Labour party has been having a row about the role of the state, markets, and the profit motive since Queen Victoria was on the throne. Early radicals and socialists had an instinctive distrust of a strong state, which they …

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Success versus excess

Mary Wimbury  |  6 November 2017

We need to talk about profit, believes Mary Wimbury Profit: good or bad? Sometimes it seems that as a party we do not know. Too often I hear people say disparagingly ‘oh, they are only in it for the profit’ or dismissively ‘they are in the for-profit sector’. It is as though profit has become …

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Labour’s nonexistent rail policy

James Wood  |  13 February 2017

For too long Labour has championed rail renationalisation without explaining how it will solve the problems that the railways face, writes James Wood Rail renationalisation has for a long time been an ideological comfort blanket for the Labour party. The public do not like socialism? They support rail renationalisation. Think privatisation works? Private rail companies making millions in publicly-subsidised …

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Mutualisation, not nationalisation

James Cleverley  |  15 November 2016

As I write, I am sitting on a stationary Arriva Wales train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly which has been stranded in Newport for the past two hours. The reason? There is a train in front that is so out of date that it physically does not have the power to move up a fairly steep …

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A Pandora’s box of railway ownership

Laura Panades  |  22 February 2016

When Corbyn promised renationalisation as part of his leadership campaign policy platform he opened up Pandora’s box of railway ownership. United Kingdom citizens often rightly complain about the very high cost and the poor quality of railway services. Recent polls show cross-party public consensus on the issue too, with 78 per cent of Labour voters, 60 …

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Renationalisation: beyond Ed Miliband’s policy?

Laura Panades  |  14 January 2016

All aboard the renationalisation express! Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour party leader has brought a number of policies back to centre stage, particularly the desire to renationalise the railways. This decision is controversial because it has direct impact over thousands of citizens every day. But is this policy achievable? Is Corbyn going to reach his …

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A class apart?

Peter Kellner  |  29 October 2012

New polling for Progress shows that working-class attitudes are not what some in the Labour party imagine them to be, writes Peter Kellner Has the time come to reassess the influence of social class on values and voting behaviour? Fifty years ago it was plainly what mattered most to voters when deciding which party to …

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What would Keir Hardie make of Labour 111 years on?

Greg Rosen  |  27 February 2011

Keir Hardie's first manifesto included three key aims: home rule, a minimum wage and temperance. It took until the Blair-Brown governments to achieve the first two. The third aim slipped into quiet obscurity.

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Nonsense on stilts

Terry Philpot  |  18 February 2011

The Tory case for the 'big society' is based on myth, prejudice and an attempt to rewrite history

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