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Dangerous giveaways: Osborne's pension reforms

It is hardly unusual for pre-election Budgets to be packed full of attractive giveaways and high-publicity bribes for voters in the run up to polling day. Indeed, the last Labour government was no less prone to this sort of political...

The Democracy Lab: Changing politics as we know it

Historically, demokratia meant a participatory government where the demos (people) had equal kratos (power). Only since the late 1800s has this 2,000 year-old concept evolved into what we recognise as democracy today: elected representative democracy. It is summed up in...

Memos to Ministers: The Treasury

Labour’s five years in opposition culminated in an election manifesto which married fiscal discipline with a programme for social and economic renewal. The document only contained fully costed pledges, but it also promised big solutions on issues from inequality to...

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