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17/08/2018 12:33 PM
Why we need to focus on more than just aspiration

We need to rethink our relationship with traditional working class communities to reinvigorate support and prevent apathy towards Labour, writes Eleanor Ormsby New Labour’s rhetoric of ‘aspiration’ and focus on social mobility has brought benefits to many working-class individuals across the United Kingdom, and in turn reciprocal support for Labour in past elections. Nevertheless, it […]

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17/08/2018 09:17 AM
Extra: Episode 45 review

Extra: Episode 45 review Conor Pope and Henna Shah discuss the best books – politics and otherwise – to read on the beach. Want to recommend us a book? Email us at office@progressonline.org.uk  Further reading: *Podcast: Philip Collins on political oratory *Podcast: John O’Farrell on being a Labour activist *Danielle Grufferty on Punch and Judy […]

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16/08/2018 06:10 PM
Only one step forward

Adopting the IHRA definition in full will not solve Labour’s antisemitism crisis, it is just one step on the long road to ending it argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope in today’s Progress Daily Email. It may now look like Labour will adopt the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, replete with all 11 […]

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16/08/2018 03:17 PM
The death of belonging in higher education

Tory reforms to higher education have led to a lifeless sector driven by profit, not the pursuit of knowledge, argues Harry Bishop Today, many young people across the United Kingdom are finding out their A-level results and learning whether they’ve got into their preferred university choice or not. Four years ago I was doing the […]

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14/08/2018 10:02 AM
Episode 45: Getting women into power

Episode 45: Getting women into power Since 1997, the number of women councillors in the country has barely risen, falling far behind the proportion of female MPs. How do we improve that? Conor Pope asks Katie Curtis and leader of Waltham Forest Clare Coghill. They also discuss what new polling means for the debate around […]

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13/08/2018 12:16 PM
Why Boris Johnson is far from a harmless buffoon

Fighting the far-right means fighting racist speech wherever we find it, writes Rania Ramli  Boris Johnson’s comments matter. Far from the harmless buffoon portrayed in the media, Boris Johnson is a dangerous threat to many of the values that we hold dear. Whether it’s a normalisation of attacks on Muslim women, a perpetuation of the […]

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10/08/2018 01:50 PM
How we can beat the far right

Labour cannot waste this opportunity to reconnect with communities, argues Andrew Achilleos  Since Brexit we have seen the collapse of far right political parties with the demise of the United Kingdom independence party, yet we have seen a rise in far right populism with characters such as Tommy Robinson tapping into the unchecked frustrations in […]

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10/08/2018 11:42 AM
Extra: Episode 44 Review

Extra: Episode 44 review Will the Tories have the principles to hold Boris to account for his comments on the burqa? Could it trigger a proper investigation into Islamophobia in the Tory party? And is Jean-Luc Melenchon a crank? Conor Pope and Henna Shah discuss.  Further reading: Antisemitism in Labour: symbolism is not a […]

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09/08/2018 05:07 PM
Creating our new capitals of culture

Culture is not – and should not – be the preserve of London and the south-east, writes Rosie Corrigan The north of England is the place to be this summer. The Great Exhibition of the North, a vibrant celebration of the region, is taking place in Newcastle and Gateshead, the Liverpool Biennial is in full […]

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09/08/2018 09:34 AM
How Spanish progressives took back control

Spain’s new centre-left leader Pedro Sánchez sets out a blueprint for stemming the tide of nationalism, writes Callum Tipple In his iconic Homage to Catalonia, Orwell states that ‘I have the most evil memories of Spain, but I have very few bad memories of Spaniards’. These historic memories live long in the Catalan consciousness, manifesting themselves in a distrust of a […]

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