Monthly Archives: May 2011

As befits a liberal newspaper, the editorial in today’s Guardian defends Ken Clarke – not on everything he said yesterday, nor the way in which he said it, but on the general principles of his penal liberalism and the importance of his … Continue reading

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So the former Prime Minister of France and leader of the French Socialist Party (PS), Pierre Mauroy, is said to have remarked of his party and its factionalism, careerism and “moral economy of cynicism”.

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Under the previous government, the release of the annual poverty and inequality statistics was a major news event, a litmus test of Labour’s social justice credentials. In the early days it showed rapid falls in child and pensioner poverty, but … Continue reading

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By common consent, Labour did disastrously last week in Scotland – it did well in Wales and Northern England, but barely dented the Conservative vote in the South of England. However, that summary skates over important advances in crucial electoral … Continue reading

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On one level, today’s referendum closes the political cycle that started with the eruption of the expenses scandal in 2009. That scandal brought forth a set of demands for political reform which found outlets in different channels.

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The government’s Localism Bill will trigger referenda in England’s 12 biggest cities in 2012 on whether to move to elected city mayors, with mayoral elections held the following year. ippr is a strong supporter of mayors for English cities, as … Continue reading

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