The future of the left since 1884

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Going public

Since Labour lost power in 2010, the left has turned away from the key precepts of public service reform as practised by the Blair/Brown governments in England. The twin axioms of the New Labour period – top-down control and the...

Putting the public into public services

Peter Kellner has written of late on how policies themselves do not necessarily have to be popular. They have to be believed. They have to be credible. The example given by Kellner was that the 50p tax announcement by Ed...

The real life state

Picture the scene. A 50-year-old man arrives at a job centre. He lost his job in heavy industry some years ago and has spent his life since living on government benefits. The economy moved on past his skills, and there...

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