Peter Kellner

Productivity is fine. Let’s count and tax it better

Peter Kellner  |  4 December 2017

Non-financial productivity gains need measuring through ‘gross domestic utility’, not gross domestic product, otherwise public services and social justice will suffer, argues Peter Kellner Something weird is going on. We need to do some delving to get to the bottom of it, but its impact on our living standards, government finances, public services – indeed the future of …

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Nice to feel wanted

Richard Angell  |  19 September 2014

English marginals need real attention —During the course of a campaign that ran at full speed for longer than can reasonably be expected, Better Together mobilised members of both the frontbench and the backbenches of Labour’s Westminster and Holyrood teams in the effort to save the union. Both the official ‘No’ campaign and the Labour …

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Taxing questions

Peter Kellner  |  17 September 2014

Peter Kellner presents polling for Progress on the politics of tax and spending Imagine you are crafting a manifesto for next year’s general election. What should you say about higher-rate tax? The answer is easy if you are rich, selfish and do not mind losing – or if you want to soak the rich and …

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Who do they think they are?

Peter Kellner  |  23 April 2014

Tolerant and fair-minded or obsessed by class and suspicious of foreigners? Peter Kellner unveils research for Progress on how the English view themselves If George Orwell and John Major are to be believed, the defining characteristic of Englishness is nostalgia. Orwell wrote of ‘old maids bicycling to holy communion through the morning mist’. Major quoted this …

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A dozen reasons to be cheerful

John McTernan  |  18 April 2014

In his weekly column, the Last Word, John McTernan shares a dozen reasons to be cheerful. One, Labour has had a poll lead in YouGov for 29 months. Of course, no one pays attention to the day-to-day polls. The only poll that matters is the general election etc. etc. Still, a lead is a lead, and …

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Battleground Britain

Editorial  |  5 February 2014

Forty years ago this month, Harold Wilson led Labour back to power and ejected Edward Heath from Downing Street. It was hardly a resounding victory: Labour won fewer votes but a handful more seats than the Tories, and Wilson was 17 seats short of a majority, forcing him to call a second general election only …

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Sleeping, not dead

Editorial  |  4 February 2014

‘There is one thing you can be sure of with the Conservative party, before anything else – they have a grand sense of where the votes are,’ suggested Enoch Powell at the height of Margaret Thatcher’s unpopularity in 1981. Over the past two decades that sense appears to have deserted the party. It is 22 …

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Let’s talk about tax

Robert Philpot  |  16 January 2014

Tomorrow Ed Miliband will make his much-trailed pitch to Britain’s middle classes. Its presentation by some in the media – as a panicked response to Labour’s falling poll ratings – is a little unfair. The plight of the nation’s ‘squeezed middle’ was front and centre of Miliband’s leadership campaign in 2010 and it has been …

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What not to learn from the Bill de Blasio playbook

Robert Philpot  |  12 November 2013

Last Tuesday, New York City elected its first Democrat mayor in 25 years. Bill de Blasio’s populist campaign, with its focus on inequality and his promise to govern for ‘the 99 per cent’, certainly produced an impressive victory: a thumping 72 per cent of the vote that left his Republican opponent trailing nearly 50 points …

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Five weeks on

David Talbot  |  4 November 2013

If a week is a long time in politics, then the five weeks Ed Miliband’s energy pledge has dominated British politics represents a whole new time paradigm. He has, as Peter Kellner notes, won the battle – his task now is to win the war. He enters the fray on a sure footing. The government, …

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