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The latest news, analysis and opinion from the Fabian Society including highlights from the Fabian Review and web-exclusive commentary and insight.

Balance the books and make our public finances more sustainable

27 September 2012

It is a concern that only one in 10 members of the public understands that even though the government is reducing the deficit, the national debt is still increasing.  That’s a scary figure At the moment our government is outspending our...

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Does Labour still have an economic credibility deficit?

27 September 2012

Our economy is in a serious condition. We are in the second recession since 2008. Output remains well below levels experienced before the financial crisis. Living standards continue to fall. Spending by households has yet to recover and remains depressed....

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Let's get rail renationalisation back on track

27 September 2012

In the 1990s Tory Ministers in the Major government claimed that selling-off the UK’s railways would bring "benefits to passengers and taxpayers".  Such a claim now appears laughable after years of rail fragmentation and chaos: rising fares, little sign of...

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You don't fatten a pig by weighing it

26 September 2012

The political consensus around education is wrong - anyone outside Westminster knows this. Parents, employers, colleges and universities know it. Certainly the young people and teachers in our schools know it. We need a progressive alternative. Built around a 19th century...

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We must restore Labour's fraternity

26 September 2012

Recently I was asked how excited members of the Labour party were about their membership. As we were talking, Anne-Marie Huby (co-founder of Justgiving.com) then pointed to research published by the Harvard Business School that suggests the best reflection of...

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The route to growth

26 September 2012

The first 18 months of recovery up to mid-2011 had looked promising, particularly for manufacturers. The sector was delivering an increased share of output, providing a boost to our trade performance and investing more than the wider economy. Since then...

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