Monthly Archives: September 2010

I am apparently the 75th most influential leftie in Britain, according to the Daily Telegraph’s blog. Such lists are a bit of fun and at least of passing interest to those named on them. But what is a ‘leftie’? Personally, I … Continue reading

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The Labour leadership debate has come right to the wire. Whoever wins will have to pedal very fast to set out a credible position in response to the Coalition’s Spending Review announcement, due on 20 October.

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I am at the Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool today, debating whether the Coalition will last.

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Tony Dolphin, senior economist at IPPR, has spotted something interesting in the latest labour market statistics: 43 per cent of the increase in employment over the last year, and 25 per cent of the record increase in the last quarter, … Continue reading

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Centrist US republicans are in turmoil this morning. Just yesterday, a friend of mine in a US think-tank wrote me this rather prescient email.

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David Marquand penned an intriguing little piece about Edmund Burke in this weekend’s Guardian Review, calling on the left to reclaim a politician and philosopher who is usually considered one of the fathers of conservative thinking.

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In the end, the last Labour government’s centralist model of public services exhausted itself, but it was probably the single most important driver of improved standards in vital areas such as education and health. The strategic cul-de-sac for Labour in … Continue reading

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Welcome to my blog. A few times each week, I’ll use it to set out some thoughts on issues that matter to our public life – from the perspective of someone who holds progressive values and who has spent his … Continue reading

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