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Editorial  |  14 April 2014

There have been few electoral bright spots for the centre-left internationally since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Social democratic parties in Britain, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Portugal have all gone down to defeat. Unsurprisingly, therefore, Labour has been eager to seek enlightenment from the experiences of those of its sister parties …

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Neil Kinnock

22 years on: remembering 1992

Paul Richards  |  9 April 2014

For those of us who lived through it, the election held on 9 April 1992 had a profound impact on our politics. Labour entered the campaign ahead in the polls. At the very least, a Lib-Lab coalition was on the cards. In 13 Tory years we had been through two major recessions, the poll tax …

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How does Labour win a majority in 2015?

George Melhuish  |  10 March 2014

At a glance, Labour’s road to a majority in 2015 seems both long and steep. We stand today almost four years on from one of our worst defeats since the end of the second world war, having won 258 seats and just 29 per cent of the vote, barely beating the consummate disaster of the …

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The Europe Dilemma

The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Challenges of EU Integration

Sally Gimson  |  6 March 2014

Roger Liddle sees himself as an evangelist for Europe. This book’s target reader, he says at the beginning, is ‘the genuine sceptic, in the true meaning of the Oxford Dictionary of English – “a person inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions”’. But, however much Liddle tries to cast himself as an outsider, this is …

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The federalisers’ moment

Editorial  |  3 March 2014

Throughout its history the divisions between Labour’s left and right – over issues ranging from nationalisation and public ownership to the market economy, Europe, and defence – have served to disguise a subtler, but no less important, fissure: that between what the writer GDH Cole termed ‘federalists and centralisers’. It is a centuries-old tension deep …

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Lib-Lab coalition: beware attacks from the left

Robert Philpot  |  28 February 2014

I agree with Len. Those are not words that often cross my lips but the general secretary of Unite is right: the thought of a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition is not one to ‘set the pulse racing’. I suspect, however, that McCluskey and I may have different fears about the dynamics of such a government. However …

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This Boy

The myth of the modern Labour party

Stephen Bush  |  25 February 2014

If Clement Attlee was so great, then why is This Boy so sad? Alan Johnson’s memoir – out in paperback later this week – is a book of almost unbearable sorrow. Reading it was like unpacking a series of heavy crates; I kept having to stop and take a breath every few pages. Billed as …

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Go straight to local coordination

Gabriel Chanan  |  25 February 2014

In his Hugo Young lecture this month Ed Miliband set out his vision for a change of culture in public services. Information should be shared; users should be linked through social networks; decisions should be made by users and professionals together; and more decisions should be made at local level. It is no discredit to …

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Governing Britain

Governing Britain: Power, Politics and the Prime Minister

Greg Rosen  |  24 February 2014

Patrick Diamond’s excellent book is a fascinating account of New Labour’s approach to government written by one of those at the heart of Tony Blair’s governing ‘project’. Diamond’s account is both perceptive and informed, interweaving his own experience as a departmental special adviser and in Downing Street with the fruits of extensive confidential interviews with …

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Jon Cruddas

A late triumph for Michael Young?

Anthony Painter  |  12 February 2014

Jon Cruddas establishes a frame for reform of power as a choice between Tony Crosland and Michael Young. Crosland espoused the old centralism with a bit of local agency delivery and consultation. Young called instead for a radical devolution of economic and political power. Crosland won and Labour remains wedded to the Croslandite political economy. …

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