The road to the referendum

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Discontents with globalisation brought us to the point where Britain’s place in Europe is at stake – and will have to be addressed whatever the outcome on 23 June By Pat McFadden Britain’s postwar view of ourselves and our role in the world, shaped by victory in the second world war, saw a choice between […]

A Europe that leaves no-one behind

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By Peter Kyle MP The argument strongly believes that the centre left only really triumphs when it mobilises a national and international political message of hope. In this country Labours three great majorities were for winning the peace in 1945; harnessing technology on the side of the people in 1966 and ensuring that the economy […]

Time to make the case for patriotic progressivism

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We now have to throw our all into winning a victory for remain. Defeat on Europe would represent a much wider defeat for British social democracy By Roger Liddle The alarm bells are ringing: the 23 June referendum is on a knife-edge. A significant part of what was once seen as Labour’s “core” working-class vote […]

More Europe, not less

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EU supporters are not a bunch of nostalgics who stubbornly defend an obsolete legacy: they are lucid observers of international realities By Lia Quartapelle When, at the height of eurozone crisis, the EU won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012, it was all too easy for its detractors to voice their criticisms. They mocked the […]

New Generation, New Politics

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Making Politics fit for the next generation By Peter Kyle MP Our political institutions may feel weird to many of us who are inside them. To young people looking in, they are truly bizarre It is the method and form of what passes for our politics that is our biggest problem. There is nothing strange […]

Age old problems

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Young people need trade unions, but the unions will have to change to attract their support. Trade union members in the private sector earn on average eight per cent more than their non-unionised colleagues, this increases to almost 21 per cent in the public sector Trade unions have had a great century: gaining paid holiday, […]

Adapt or Perish

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Political parties risk a bleak future if they do not recognise how young people want to do politics. When asked what they would do differently if starting a political party, young people put much greater emphasis on the use of social media. The world is changing and political parties are failing to keep pace. Without […]

Our Future Under Pressure

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We are facing a national crisis as the social contract between generations comes under increasing strain By Georgia Gould In politics the established rules no longer seem to apply. Whether it is a Trump rally, a Black Lives Matter protest or a Momentum meeting in London, young faces shine out from pictures, actively rejecting the […]

Balancing Act

The “That’ll Do” philosophy

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Aiming for perfection reduces risk and halts progress. I have in the past joked that I am going to write a self-help book called That’ll Do. At work and at home I feel the most relief and happiness when, after obsessing forever over something, I think: “sod it, it’s good enough.”


An end to soul-searching

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We need to address the challenges of the future and seize the opportunities they present. Many commentators have still not realised the extent to which the financial crisis of 2008 rocked people’s confidence.