Tag Archives: political ideas

As people head off for the holidays, here are a few suggestions for your reading list. My favourite book review of the year was by Andrew Adonis on Philip Short’s Mitterrand: a Study in Ambiguity. Mitterand’s dominance of French politics … Continue reading

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This week, IPPR has launched the interim report of its flagship Condition of Britain study. Back in the mid-1990s, IPPR ran the Commission on Social Justice, whose report was very influential in shaping the social policy thinking of the Labour … Continue reading

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Although the media only really woke up to the populist dimensions of Ed Miliband’s One Nation approach this week, it has been a part of his political armoury for some time. The discursive construction of ‘the people’ versus powerful vested … Continue reading

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I have co-authored the chapter on attitudes to government and social security in this year’s British Social Attitudes 30 survey. You can find all the data at NatCen’s excellent interactive website.

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It’s that time of year when people write summer reading lists and, if you’ll forgive the immodesty, here is mine.

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Imagine that, instead of a letter from an admissions tutor offering you at a place at university on condition that you achieved certain grades at A-level, you got this in the post: ‘[This university] … offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … Continue reading

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The term ‘Thatcherism’ was first coined by Stuart Hall in his seminal 1979 essay, ‘The Great Moving Right Show’. At that time, it was the Eurocommunist intellectuals grouped around the magazine Marxism Today – Hall, Eric Hobsbawm and kindred spirits … Continue reading

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By chance, on the weekend that Ed Miliband was extolling the virtues of George Cadbury’s commitment to his workers in a speech on the economy, a new history of the Barrow Cadbury Trust – the grantmaking foundation that bears the … Continue reading

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My colleague Clare McNeil wrote a piece last week setting out the case for ending all-male panels. It’s clear and compelling; if you haven’t already read it, please do.

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A very happy Xmas to readers of this blog! As is customary at this time of year, I’ve put together a few thoughts on books and journals that I have found particularly interesting in 2012.

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