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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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Right all along

Nick Lowles  |  10 February 2014

Ukip is set to dominate the European elections. Nick Lowles sifts the evidence on why people vote for it The local elections and European parliamentary elections this May are going to be difficult for progressives and anti-racists. They will be contested against a backdrop of increasingly hostile anti-migrant and anti-multicultural rhetoric in the media 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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How will the Lib Dems actually do?

Lewis Baston  |  31 January 2014

Public opinion, at least in terms of voting intention, has been unusually stable during this parliament. There has barely been any change in the main parties’ ratings since the middle of 2013, when Labour’s lead over the Conservatives narrowed and Ukip support subsided a bit from its peak just after the county council elections in …

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Be prepared

Jonathan Todd  |  5 December 2013

Labour needs to get ahead of the economic argument Labour spent the decade prior to the crash in 2008 boasting about ‘an end to boom and bust’. This presumed to have overcome the cyclical dynamics that have always characterised capitalism. At the general election in 2010, the party failed to convince the public that Conservative …

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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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The limits of populism

Editorial  |  1 November 2013

For much of the last three decades, leftwing populism has seemed something of a contradiction in terms. Even after Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan departed the political stage, the right retained a powerful hold over much of the traditional discourse of populism: inverting and perverting its narrative of the ‘people versus the powerful’ to target …

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Stuck in the middle

Peter Kellner  |  1 November 2013

‘Squeezed middle’ voters could decide the next election. In this exclusive poll, Peter Kellner explores what they want to see from Labour Ed Miliband has won the battle; his challenge now is to win the war. His attack on Britain’s energy companies struck a nerve: they are now hated even more than the banks. His …

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The limits of populism

Robert Philpot  |  1 November 2013

For much of the last three decades, leftwing populism has seemed something of a contradiction in terms. Even after Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan departed the political stage, the right retained a powerful hold over much of the traditional discourse of populism: inverting and perverting its narrative of the ‘people versus the powerful’ to target …

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