Link to postal services debate

October 12, 2010

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In defence of Labour’s record on poverty

October 11, 2010

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I recently reviewed a very important book by the American academic Jane Waldfogel – Britain’s War on Poverty – for Renewal, a journal of social democracy. With the Coalition making some misleading claims about Labour’s record on welfare and child poverty, the book is well worth reading. Here are some of my thoughts about it. […]

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The wrong approach to ‘reforming’ the civil service

September 6, 2010

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Parliament returns this week, and the Coalition smash and grab continues. Doubtless, their opportunistic marriage of electoral reform with constituency gerrymandering will dominate the headlines. But an important element of their assault on the public sector will also be carried forward. The Civil Service Compensation Scheme has a long and complex history – a system […]

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My speech in the Commons on the Emergency Budget, 6th July

August 27, 2010

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“Fair” and “unavoidable” are the two adjectives that have been attached to the Budget by the Government parties. It seems to me that the claim to fairness has been exploded, not just by Opposition Members and sometimes by Liberal Democrat Members but by the independent analysts who have established the regressive nature of many of […]

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Local politics and the ‘progressive alliance’

August 27, 2010

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This article appeared on the Fabian Society’s Next Left blog, as part of a continuing debate over Hardie’s relationship with the Liberal party. At first glance, Next Left’s take on Keir Hardie seems incompatible with mine. I see Hardie’s reputation as labour pioneer deriving from his recognition of the fiction of the ‘Progressive Alliance’; Sunder Katwala […]

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Keir Hardie recognized the fiction of the ‘progressive alliance’

August 27, 2010

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This post first appeared on David Miliband’s campaign website. Keir Hardie’s reputation as Labour’s pioneer depends above all else on his recognition of the fiction of the progressive alliance. Hardie’s genius lay in recognising this fact before anyone else.  Hardie, who began as a Liberal, saw enough of Liberalism at close quarters to recognise that […]

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The Coalition’s misleading austerity rhetoric

August 27, 2010

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This post first appeared on the Fabians’ Next Left blog The Coalition framed their budget with some very misleading rhetoric, and not just about its distributional impact. They have claimed that a partial and political view of our economic circumstances is an overwhelming orthodoxy. They are dressing up age-old Tory superstitions about state debt as […]

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