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The Fair Society

It’s encouraging to see that fairness is back on the political agenda. Until recently, it might have looked to some observers as though there were only two sets of questions across which political lines were drawn. Questions, first, about how...

The folly of Osbornomics

Over the weekend it was reported that Iain Duncan Smith had complained to the BBC, accusing them of following Ed Miliband and Ed Balls's “reading of the economy”. In a particularly lurid image, the Secretary of State for Work and...

Save our high streets

At the end of last month a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that almostthree-quarters of high street shops were holding sales. This is highly unusual for this time of year and compares to 40 per cent of stores for the same...

Back to basics

When it comes to service provision I'm an unregenerate advocate of public service provision.  None of the gimmicks, from PFI to outsourcing used by Labour or invented by a Tory government determined to roll back the state, work as well....

Getting back to normal?

This might sound odd given their obvious mutual dislike but it is possible that Ed Balls and George Osborne have more in common that you think; something pretty fundamental in fact. What binds them is their shared faith that, sooner...

The beginnings of a new social democracy

Over the last 60 years, European social democracy has moved (though with varying degrees across nations) from ascendancy in the post-war era to marginalisation from the early 1980s and then to 'The Third Way' period of accommodation to markets from...

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