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A federal future

His most famous intervention in a referendum campaign was widely credited with saving the Union. But when Gordon Brown weighed in on the side of remain earlier this year, he found himself, unlike with the Scottish vote, on the losing...

Troubling times


On the steps of Downing Street, Theresa May promised to speak for "the ordinary working-class family" struggling to make ends meet. Historically, when politicians have spoken of ‘ordinary’ working-class families, however, they have done so with reference to the other...

A decent day’s pay

On the walk from London Bridge to City Hall, I have a dozen choices of where to buy a coffee.

However, the only place I can guarantee buying a morning coffee served by someone paid the London living wage is in...

Child poverty: what now?

So the House of Lords did the job that the Commons could not. Without our undemocratic, unelected friends in ermine, the Conservatives would have succeeded in their stated aim to rip up the statutory commitment to end child poverty within...

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