Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

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13/07/2018 01:10 PM
The Last Word: very stable genius
Holding hands with the school bully will not stop him taking our lunch money, argues Robert Philpot Theresa May’s infamous ice cold death stare can reportedly chill a room and put Cabinet ministers who displease her in their place without a word passing her lips. Sadly, it’s unlikely that Donald Trump was on the receiving […]

13/07/2018 10:55 AM
After the baby blimp: winning the battle of ideas against Donald Trump
Donald Trump’s dismissal of our institutions shows how he could put our way of life in danger, writes Ella Crine  Throughout the campaign, I thought a lot about what a Donald Trump presidency might look and feel like. Sounds odd given that over here people thought there was no way he could win. ‘Why are […]

12/07/2018 03:31 PM
Teachers are being forced to subsidise our schools
Cash-strapped teachers are paying for basic teaching equipment using their own money Every government seems to have big plans for education. From the beautiful dream of high quality universal early years provision, embodied by Tessa Jowell’s Sure Start centres, to the Victorian nightmare of Michael Gove’s curriculum reforms, it is clear that politicians see education […]

12/07/2018 01:37 PM
How we beat Blukip
A case study on how to knock the Tories out of office On 16 May 2016, the Conservatives took control of Plymouth city council, having formed a Faustian pact with the three United Kingdom Independence party councillors. It was the worst birthday present I had ever had. But as I blew out the candles on […]

11/07/2018 01:39 PM
Review – Saving Britain: How We Must Change to Prosper in Europe
Andrew Adonis and Will Hutton’s tour de force makes the case for junking Brexit in order to deal with the problems that created it, finds Richard Angell ‘Per capita’, asserts Andrew Adonis and Will Hutton in their new book together, ‘incomes [would be] 24 per cent lower’ had the United Kingdom not been a member […]

11/07/2018 10:56 AM
Why the Nato summit could deal a major blow to the international order
Today is yet another opportunity for Donald Trump to chip away at international security norms, writes Trine Flockhart  While most of Europe heads off on holiday, Nato heads of state and government will soon gather in Nato’s brand new headquarters in Brussels for their 2018 summit. The outcomes of these meetings are usually known in […]

10/07/2018 01:33 PM
Boris and Davis entered cabinet without a plan, and left without one
Cabinet mutineers Boris Johnson and David Davis were never interested in achieving a Brexit compromise, writes Calum Henderson The manner in which David Davis departed his post on Sunday was characteristic of the approach he had brought to the job over the last two years. Resigning at quarter to midnight, his exit had seemed likely […]

10/07/2018 01:23 PM
Where is ‘strong and stable’ now?
In the midst of the memes, mockery, and ministerial resignations, we must remember that strong and stable government really is in our national interest, writes Jack May Grant Shapps, Mark Prisk, Kris Hopkins… Brandon Lewis? Then I think it was Gavin Barwell. Maybe Alok Sharma as well? Definitely Dominic Raab, and then finally Kit Malthouse. Trawling […]

10/07/2018 10:56 AM
HMS Brexit on the rocks 
40. HMS Brexit on the rocks  Following a dramatic day of resignations from the Tory frontbench, Alison McGovern joins Sam Bright and Stephanie Lloyd to discuss the fall out and what this means for Brexit. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” […]

09/07/2018 02:33 PM
Rearranging the deckchairs aboard HMS Brexit
Britain may be basking in glorious continental weather, but in Westminster the heat has clearly got too much for the Brexiters in Theresa May’s government, writes Chris Leslie MP  It took the cabinet more than two years to agree a bodged together Brexit opening gambit that had everything to do with the Conservative party’s interest […]