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4 Tweets That Utterly Dismantle A 'Ridiculous' Argument For Private Schools

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK

A university professor has swiftly debunked an argument rubbishing a new Labour policy to pay for free primary school meals through a tax on private s...

It's Time For An Intervention On Progressive Politics

Stella Creasy | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stella Creasy

The future of Europe, the future of our politics, is about the relationships we build with each other from the grassroots to the international level, and that cannot be done in smoke-filled rooms in Brussels or even on the backbenches of Hogwarts gone wrong. None of this is easy. This is why this is an intervention. Don't be the frog slowly boiling to death in your own stew of bones. Sitting in your echo chamber, rehearsing the same old ideas, arguing with the same old individuals, defending the same tired institutions. We have faced challenges before as progressives. We have faced change before. And we have chosen before to live. And live again we can. That is our call and our cause.

Labour Must Reject 'Rag-Bag' Progressive Alliance, Says John Healey

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Politics

The answer to Labour’s problems is not to form an alliance with other centre-left parties despite a report warning the party has “almost no chance...

Labour Has 'Almost No Chance' Of Winning Next General Election, New Analysis Shows

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Politics

Labour must try to gain enough seats to form a centre-left coalition at the next general election as analysis shows the party has almost no chance of ...

Why We Must Take The Building Of A 'Common Life' Seriously

Jon Yates | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK
Jon Yates

When designing and building activities that bring people together, it is cheaper to segregate than to integrate. Cheaper to build a youth programme that appeals to one group in society: the rich, the poor, one ethnic group or another, the high achievers, the left behind. It is time for the government to start to change this. To provide a similar set of subsidies, investments and incentives to entrepreneurs who connect and build a common life.

The Century's Challenge

Lisa Nandy | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Politics
Lisa Nandy

With so many jobs reliant on oil and gas, particularly in the north east of Scotland and north east of England, the consequences of this shift on whole communities are huge. The UK's last deep coal mine closed in 2015 and in the last year alone 65,000 jobs were lost as reserves in the North Sea have become harder to exploit. There is even more at stake than this...

If The Labour Party Didn't Exist, Would We Invent It? The Case for Radical Labour

Stella Creasy | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stella Creasy

Choice between principle or power is no choice at all. Whether a party of power or party of protest - we won't change the world unless we are a party of purpose. Yet too much now rests on being united by what we are not - mainly not being the Tories, sometimes not the nationalists, and God forbid the liberals. That does not make us the alternative government in waiting. It doesn't even really make us the opposition. It just makes us 'not them'.

People Are Going Hungry And Cameron Doesn't Have A Plan To Deal With It

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK

David Cameron has "no means" of alleviating poverty to the point people no longer rely on food banks, a report into poverty has said. The use of fo...

Foreign Policy Must Adapt to Tackle the Threat of Boko Haram

Martin Edobor | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Edobor

Nigeria has the potential to be a thriving nation with a thriving economy, a beacon in a region that has been through decades of difficulty. Boko Haram is preventing this vision becoming a reality. It must be stopped.

Miliband Attacks New Labour In One Nation Speech

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has attacked New Labour for not doing enough for ordinary people. The Opposition leader said the previous Labour government had become ...

Is It Olympic Fever? Scottish Support For Independence Falls

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.08.2012 | UK Politics

Olympic fever might be the cause of a new surge of British patriotism north of the border, as a new poll showed support for Scottish independence is f...

Labour's Growth Plan 'Small Beer', Left Wing Think-Tank Says

PA | Posted 16.02.2012 | UK Politics

Labour's growth plan has been criticized for lacking ambition by a left-leaning think-tank. The Fabian Society said Ed Balls needed to re-think his...

At Last, Some Atonement From the Labour Party

Tony Baldry | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

On Saturday, the Shadow Chancellor admitted that if the Labour Party were in government, they would not deviate from the tough decisions that George Osborne and David Cameron are making in an effort to cut the deficit.

The Rights and Wrongs of Booing KPMG

David Ritter | Posted 17.03.2012 | UK
David Ritter

If Twitter is to be believed (yes I know, I know) then there was a bit of a kerfuffle at the Fabians New Year Conference on the weekend when - it is claimed - accountancy giant KPMG was spontaneously booed by the crowd.

Ed Balls Sparks Union Fury With Warning Over Public Sector Pay

PA | Posted 15.03.2012 | UK Politics

A warning by the shadow chancellor that Labour would not reverse the freeze on the pay of public sector workers has raised the prospect of unions cons...

Why Does This Upset Ed Balls SO Much?

Posted 21.02.2012 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has hit out at politicians who do photoshoots with their children - just a day after Ed Miliband was pictured at home with his family. In ...

Nine Paradoxes of the Euro Veto Crisis

Andrew Harrop | Posted 17.02.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Harrop

One week later, as we enter the hangover phase of the euro veto crisis, clouds of paradox hang thick in the air. The last week has thrown up contortions, contradictions and ambiguities which have left heads spinning on all sides. Here are nine paradoxes to emerge from the chain of events.

Mind the Opinion gap

Andrew Harrop | Posted 23.11.2011 | UK Politics
Andrew Harrop

Received wisdom in Westminster and Fleet Street often misreads the public mood and underestimates the political opportunities for the left.

What do People Really Think About the State?

YouGov-Cambridge | Posted 03.10.2011 | UK Politics

Recent polling from YouGov@Cambridge on attitudes to the state, tax and spending, conducted as part of a large-scale survey of UK voters in May 2011, throws up some challenges for both the political left and right. But it also highlights the value of scratching beneath the surface of conventional survey questions on these issues. For better or worse, political arguments about the state, tax and spending will dominate this Parliament. Survey questions such as these can help us look beneath standard polling on the subject to try and understand better this complex and fascinating terrain of public opinion.