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Right on target

Roger Liddle and Michael McTernan  |  20 April 2011

Cultural challenges have hit the left hard across Europe, while rightwing populist parties have repositioned themselves to exploit the opportunity, suggest Roger Liddle and Michael McTernan

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Class politics

Peter Kellner  |  20 April 2011

The public values of the Labour party now diverge from the private values of many of its traditional supporters, believes Peter Kellner

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Has Labour met the goals it set in 1900?

Gregg McClymont MP  |  2 March 2011

The trade unionists and socialists gathering at the Memorial Hall in 1900 were animated by twin objectives. For the trade unionists, the key goal was to improve the economic position of their members.

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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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111th anniversary of the Labour party

Denis MacShane MP  |  27 February 2011

What was it like for you, Brother? How one wishes to have been the proverbial fly on the wall 111 years ago today, on Tuesday 27 February 1900 in the Memorial Hall in Clerkenwell. It was one of those meetings we all know and love or hate according to taste.

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Beyond Tory or Labour conservatism

Philippe Legrain  |  2 February 2011

John Major once waxed lyrical about Britain as a 'country of long shadows on cricket grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers and ... old maids bicycling to Holy Communion through the morning mist.'

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How should the British left engage with Islamists?

Lucy James  |  28 September 2010

Far too often, the left has badly bungled its attempts to engage with Islamists. For example, Labour's candidate for London mayor, Ken Livingstone, has promoted Yusuf al-Qaradawi, often regarded as the spiritual leader of the world's largest Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, as 'one of the leading progressive voices in the Muslim world'.

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