Monthly Archives: June 2011

Political leadership in Europe is in short supply. In addition to the crisis in the eurozone, and the deeper crisis of legitimacy that the European political project faces, the continent is suffering an identity crisis.

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With the prospect of teachers and civil servants going on strike across the country in just seven days, the issue of public sector pensions has assumed huge political significance.

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I’ve written a piece for IPPR’s journal, PPR, on social mobility. The gist of the argument is this: despite its cross-party appeal, social mobility is becoming an increasingly narrow concept in government policy that leaves broad swathes of the population … Continue reading

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Ed Miliband used his speech yesterday to bring the contributory principle back into the heart of Labour thinking on welfare reform, which got Frank Field and Labour bloggers very excited.

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In his press conference earlier today, Ed Miliband offered cross-party talks and co-operation on the future of social care. This is smart politics. It looks mature and non-partisan on an issue of major public concern, in sharp contrast to the … Continue reading

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There has been a lot of media interest recently in the LSE research on the impact of academies by Stephen Machin and James Vernoit. This excellent research paper gives supporters of academy schools plenty of grounds for believing that the … Continue reading

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