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Going local

All politics is local seems to be the unsurprising, yet insightful, finding of the Fabian's polling of non-voters. If politicians want to encourage people back to the ballot box they need to spend "more time doing good work in my...

Labour must give up its instinct to control

British politics is ruled by a peculiarly inappropriate set of metaphors. Commenting on Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony of the London Olympics, David Cameron could only say “it’s more proof Britain can deliver”. Boyle’s spectacle told a story about the experiences...

Listen, organise, campaign, include

The British people have never felt a great affinity with political parties, and politicians are unwise to think that we can return to a golden era of political engagement. However, the current ‘anti-politics’ mood is not only further eroding trust...

Three ways to make conference better

Last week I wrote about conference, and continued to ask what conference is for. So I thought I’d build on the three ideas I threw out at the end of the piece that I think might make conference work better...

In support of patriotism

Traditionally, the left has been reticent about engaging with national identity. Patriotism has often been seen by social democrats as inimical to progressive politics; an emotional sentiment which is the natural preserve of the right.

This has to change, and indeed...

Making our representatives more representative

Over recent years parliament has become dominated by a political class, the dominance of which has helped to put people off politics. They see Westminster as being divorced from real life, and they believe – often correctly – that the...

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