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2014, Labour's year of...commemoration

As we focus our attention upon the centenary commemorations for the first world war next year, there are those who are already saying we should seek to answer the fundamental question of why Britain went to war in the first...

Happy Birthday! 130 years of the Fabian Society

On January 4th 1884, one-hundred and thirty years ago in London, history was made. A Christian socialist group called the Fellowship of New Life was divided. Two competing primary objectives were tested, that of socialist spiritualism and another of economic...

Crosland and one nation Labour

Critics of Labour’s time in government are often heard describing new Labour as Croslandite, and they don’t mean it as a compliment.

The argument goes that the 1997-2010 government embodied three failings that came straight from Tony Crosland: the pursuit of...

Bringing slavery home

Steve McQueen’s new release ‘12 Years a Slave’ has its European premiere in Leicester Square today. Chasing the tails of Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ and Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’, it’s the third Hollywood movie in 18 months to tackle the difficult theme of slavery....

Postcard from Pyongyang

This year marked the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War of 1950-1953, but no peace treaty has ever been signed and the peninsula remains technically at war. Perhaps mindful of the impact of glasnost in the...

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