Monthly Archives: April 2012

All over Europe, the post-war “catch-all” political parties of left and right are in decline, losing vote share to new parties and other rising forces across the political spectrum. Centre-Right parties are struggling to contain surges of anti-immigrant, Eurosceptic and … Continue reading

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The story about Newham council seeking to house 500 families in Stoke and other parts of the country because of insufficient affordable housing in the borough has reignited the debate about the government’s housing benefit cuts, amid accusations of ‘social … Continue reading

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I occasionally suggest articles and books that might interest readers of this blog.  Today I’m plugging IPPR’s own oeuvre, as we are having a major sale of paid-for publications. This is the last chance for people to get hold of … Continue reading

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A key tenet of 20th-century social democratic thinking was that capitalist economies are inherently unstable and prone to cyclical crises.

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In stories briefed to The Times and the Mail today, employment minister Chris Grayling claimed that large number of previously ‘stay at home mothers’ were deciding to look for work – leading to a big reduction in what’s called ‘economic … Continue reading

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Whitehall is limbering up for the next spending review, due to be published before the end of 2013. It will shape a large part of the political debate at the coming general election, since it will set out government spending … Continue reading

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David Cameron is due to visit Japan next week and will meet his counterpart, Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda. This is an important opportunity for British policymakers to reassess what’s happening in the world’s third-largest economy.

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