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The Health Society – a vision for Britain

By Martin Yuille and Bill Ollier | February 15, 2021

Covid-19 shows what happens when public policy is not fit for purpose. The UK public policy response to the pandemic has killed over 100,000 peoplecreated a debt mountainimposed half-hearted lockdowns that have had to be re-imposedraised unemploymentforced businesses to shut up shopraised the risk of homelessnessignored the use of social solidarity to inform and support…

Remembering all those who secured peace in Northern Ireland

By Gary Kent | January 20, 2021

Marking the 23rd anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement as one of the greatest successes of Tony Blair’s Labour government is an excellent initiative. The GFA ended an apparently intractable conflict and saved countless lives and more marred by physical and psychological traumas. It showed the historic difference Labour made in power. Blair, Jonathan Powell,…

Review of Sally Gimson’s ‘Building Bridges’

By Rachael Agnew | January 13, 2021

What do you do if you win a hard fought parliamentary selection campaign, only to have it snatched it away ten days later on spurious grounds? That’s what happened to Sally Gimson in Bassetlaw in 2019. Labour went on to lose Bassetlaw, badly, even by the dismal standards of that election. The answer, if you’re…

Television, Lockdown, and other Dystopias

By Robin Bunce | December 30, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic, led by a government which is, by turns, illiberal, inept, mendacious and incomprehensibly crass, Britons can be forgiven for craving a little escapism. In such times it is only natural to turn to Nigella and the soothing balm of culinary montage. We may not be able to solve the…

Why Kurds matter to the Middle East

By Gary Kent | December 21, 2020

If Britain is an island made mainly of coal surrounded by fish, as Aneurin Bevan said, then landlocked Iraqi Kurdistan is made mainly of oil and sometimes surrounded by sharks.   Covid has given Kurdistan’s oil and that of the wider Middle East a proper kicking by suddenly slashing demand and revenues. Action on climate change…

Schools will continue to protect the vulnerable even if the government won’t

By Tom Clements | October 28, 2020

Alec Shelbrooke didn’t vote to extend free school meals to children during school holidays because he was wary of “adding [an] additional administrative burden to schools”. Whilst it is always nice to hear concerns about teacher workload from a Member of Parliament, especially one that has consistently voted in favour of real term cuts to…

Labour must learn to speak the language of aspiration once again

By Progress | September 24, 2020

Ollie Middleton In 2015, when campaigning as a parliamentary candidate, I remember several conservations with voters who were concerned by Ed Miliband’s proposal to introduce a tax on ‘mansions.’ Despite living in homes that fell well short of the £2 million thresholds, meaning they stood to gain from the policy, the voters said the ‘mansion…

A British Basic Income: Developing a ‘New Labour’ version

By Steve Macey | September 8, 2020

The election of Sir Ed Davey as new Leader of the Liberal Democrats means the UK’s traditional centre party is likely to endorse a version of a universal basic income (UBI), given their new leader’s previous public support. Formal support of a UBI by the Liberal Democrats will help to further ‘mainstream’ the concept of…

The anatomy of a conspiracy theory, or why Keir Starmer was right

By Progress | June 29, 2020

By Peter Bradley It’s one thing to criticise a government, an organisation, a group on the evidence of their misdeeds. We ought to do so. It’s quite another to indict without evidence. No reputable justice system could convict on that basis.  But in the twilight zone of conspiracy theory, as in primitive religion, belief trumps evidence.…

Cerys Howell

Misogyny doesn’t just come from the hard left – facing up to Labour party sexism cannot be an obstacle to victory.

By Progress | June 22, 2020

By Cerys Howell When I recently told a male officer of my local Labour party that I was tired of being patronised by Labour men, three men came to his defence. One of them, a former Labour MP, told me I had picked ‘the wrong target.’ Another said that he’d never been to a Tory…