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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.

Austerity is not a foregone conclusion

21 May 2012

“Austerity is not a foregone conclusion”. In this phrase we are reminded that almost everything in politics, from the sort of economy we have, the nature of our democracy to the quality of our public services are not foregone conclusions....

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The best of times, the worst of times...

18 May 2012

Dianne Hayter, General Secretary of the Fabian Society between 1976 and 1982 was this week appointed as Labour’s House of Lords spokesperson on the Cabinet Office. Here, Baroness Hayter shares her recollections of a difficult time in the history of...

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Turnout trouble?

18 May 2012

For those of us who are passionate about democratic participation, the recent turnout in the London elections was disappointing. At 38%, turnout was marginally better than in 2004, but significantly less than the level of 45% reached in 2008. Of course,...

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Waste not, want not

16 May 2012

Food waste costs UK households £12billion a year. But making people aware of this, which is the predominant approach of environmental campaigners, is not the way to motivate people to do something about it. If we want to get serious...

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2015 victory in Labour’s grasp as Ed unites the left

13 May 2012

In just two years, Labour has increased its support from 29 per cent at the General Election to over 40 per cent in many opinion polls today. A result anywhere near this at the next general election would translate into...

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Johann Lamont delivers keynote at inaugural Scottish Conference

12 May 2012

Thanks to the 120 people who attended our inaugural Scottish Conference and contributed so enthusiastically to the workshops and debates throughout the day. This is just the start for the Scottish Fabians with a new crop of local policy groups and...

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