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Look North

When the US bank robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks he replied “because it’s where the money is.”  Political parties need also to be looking “where the seats are” and examining reality rather than falling for mythology.That...

Mission Impossible?

In the basement of the Fabian Society offices sit a series of archive shelves that slide around like something out of an Indiana Jones library set. When in the basement waiting for a printing job to finish, I occasionally flick...

The Beveridge Report: Eight lessons for today

The Beveridge Report, the inspiration for post-1945 social security, is the obvious place to start when considering common ground between the political thinking of Labour and the Liberal Democrats. Grounded in decades of Fabian research, writing and argument the post-war...

I have a dream

It is June 2015, and the European prime ministers are meeting to discuss how the European parliament can represent European parties, instead of national parties. Prime minister Ed Miliband speaks at the airport and then off he goes to meet...

Obamanomics

America shows that austerity cramps growth, stimulus aids it. The potential of the UK labour market depends on strategic investment.

The most valuable economic asset any country has is its people. And when those people are squeezed by circumstance, policymakers need to ask...

Why science and technology needs women

Women in science and technology have to work hard to ignore sexist pigeonholing. This government needs to acknowledge that talent is diverse, from education and onwards.

Much has been made of the importance of innovation through science and technology as a means...

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