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25/05/2018 10:51 AM
The Last Word: At a standstill
We must remember our hard-won battles for equality now more than ever, writes Robert Philpot Thirty years ago yesterday, one of the most infamous and pernicious pieces of social policy legislation in modern British history came into force. Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act prevented councils from ‘promoting’ homosexuality and barred schools from […]

24/05/2018 05:09 PM
What happens when you try and erase LGBT identities
I now live my life proudly as who I am, but the reality of Margaret Thatcher’s government meant I hid it for too long – Progress deputy director Stephanie Lloyd writes on the 30th anniversary of Section 28 ‘Children need to be taught to respect traditional moral values … they are being taught that they […]

24/05/2018 01:52 PM
How we fix the sewer of social media
The ability to reach thousands of people instantly was touted as a way to spread democracy, but the reality is not so simple, writes Angela Eagle  Social media has completely transformed our human landscape and presents new and urgent challenges to those who value truth in the 21st century. In 2015, three young girls from […]

23/05/2018 02:34 PM
Turkey’s democracy is crumbling
President Erdoğan’s contempt for liberal democracy is putting him on a collision course with the west In a month’s time, Turkey, a supposed democracy, will have its next general election. Yet, there is only one possible winner. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, its leader for the last decade-and-a-half, will win again. As a journalist for one of its […]

22/05/2018 05:16 PM
Repealing the eighth: Will pro-choice prevail in Ireland?
33. Repealing the eighth: Will pro-choice prevail in Ireland? Ahead of this week’s referendum in Ireland on whether to repeal the country’s anti-abortion legislation, Conor Pope, Alison McGovern and Stephanie Lloyd talk to writer and activist Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin about the campaign, as well as the effects of using referendums to determine social reform. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” […]

22/05/2018 12:35 PM
How should we tax property?
A ‘mansion tax’ will not solve the problem of how to tax wealth, but there may be another solution, writes Michael Edenborough  It has been suggested that a mansion tax might be introduced for high value properties based upon a comprehensive revaluation of the entire housing stock. There are at least four manifestly adverse consequences. […]

21/05/2018 12:48 PM
The inequality agenda
Social mobility is about much more than just education, writes Joshua Curiel  New research from the Fabian Society has revealed the prospect of sharper inequality headed Britain’s way. A combination of the Conservatives’ austerity agenda and accelerating socioeconomic change have made poverty and inequality defining issues – for example, the number of children living in poverty will […]

21/05/2018 10:50 AM
In conversation with Amelia Showalter
Progress are delighted to host an exclusive in conversation breakfast with former director of digital analytics for the 2012 Obama election campaign, Amelia Showalter. Amelia will be sharing her insights from the Obama campaign, as well as talking about the power of technology in politics, and the Cambridge Analytica scandal. You can read an interview with […]

18/05/2018 03:58 PM
The Last Word: How Tessa Jowell embodied the notion of a kinder, gentler politics
The minister who shook up Britain’s antiquated licensing laws would not mind anyone having a drink after 11pm tonight raising a glass to her, writes Robert Philpot It is sign of the respect and affection with which Tessa Jowell was held that her death this week was marked by such extensive and warm media coverage. […]

18/05/2018 01:16 PM
We could be doing so much more to support mental health
I have never been as open about my mental health as I have about other parts of my life – but the Tory government’s dereliction of duty has brought me to speak out, writes Katie Curtis for Mental Health Awareness Week Let me take a very deep breath. Hello, my name is Katie and I […]