A plea for sustainable capitalism

Tom Levitt  |  28 March 2013

When Al Gore spoke at London’s Guildhall recently it was not to focus thoughts on climate change – though it was never far from the surface – but to ask how our whole economy can become more sustainable in every sense of the word. The bottom line was that we’re stuck with capitalism. There isn’t …

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Cutting through

Steve Van Riel  |  5 February 2013

Public spending decisions will be painful for Labour but could also improve the party’s credibility Unless you have more faith in George Osborne’s ability to run the economy than the official forecasts, you have to assume that whoever wins office in 2015 will inherit grim public finances. By then, Britain’s public debts will be so …

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Militant moderate

Richard Angell and Robert Philpot  |  4 February 2013

The trade unions should have less power in the Labour party, a combative Alan Johnson tells Robert Philpot and Richard Angell Trade unions are in danger of becoming ‘irrelevant’ and ‘cannot connect to a whole swath of the workforce that thinks they died out with the ark,’ Alan Johnson, one of the most senior figures …

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Paying for our future

Peter Kellner  |  2 July 2012

Emphasising the insurance principle is key to winning public support for tough choices on social care, says Peter Kellner Here is the dream: most of us want a system of social care that is generous to older people who need it, but does not cost the public purse so much that taxpayers resent the amount …

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Time to care

Editorial  |  2 July 2012

Labour can show itself ready to govern by taking tough decisions on paying for the country’s care needs With George Osborne’s admission last autumn that the coalition will fail to meet its self-imposed target of eliminating the deficit by 2015 threatening to extend the ‘era of austerity’ into the next parliament, many have assumed that …

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The injustice of monetary policy

David Phillips  |  15 May 2012

Bank of England governor Mervyn King recently declared in the 2012 BBC Today Programme lecture that ‘our banking and financial system overextended itself’. This included allowing financial institutions to leverage their balance sheets by over 50 times, and making use of esoteric, complex derivative instruments which few understand even today. This created a profound and …

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The big picture revealed

Luke Akehurst  |  30 November 2011

There are some weeks when the coincidence of political events means anyone watching the news can’t avoid seeing the big strategic picture of what is happening to society, who is causing it, and what the choices are facing the country. This week is one of those weeks. Tuesday’s Autumn Statement will have blown a huge …

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UnFinnished business

Denis MacShane MP  |  19 April 2011

The shock is that anyone was shocked. The BBC's very good Europe correspondent, Gavin Hewitt, said ‘tremors' were running through Brussels as a result of the Finnish election. Really? In the last two years, the standard of living of Finns has gone down sharply.

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Why are women being hit hardest by pensions reforms?

Seema Malhotra MP  |  4 April 2011

Pensions reform may not be the sexiest of topics in Parliament, but you can be guaranteed that if we live to retirement age it is one area that will directly affect every one of us. Today, the Fabian Women's Network is holding a public debate on the Coalition's pension reforms and their impact on women. Speakers include pensions minister Steve Webb, shadow pensions minister Rachel Reeves, Baroness Patricia Hollis and Michelle Mitchell from Age UK.

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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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