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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.

The Tory ‘feelgood factor’

25 April 2012

Despite the bleak national economic picture, people in Conservative held seats are doing better than those in Labour areas. The Conservatives have form when it comes to winning re-election whilst presiding over deep cuts in public spending, high unemployment and often...

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Fabians launch "The Fairness Instinct"

23 April 2012

‘Fairness’ has become the politician’s weapon of choice, with recent political debate dominated by attempts to sustain or refute claims that government policy is ‘fair’.  The reason that this territory is so contested is clear: fairness as a concept holds...

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The 'Core Vote, Swing Vote' fallacy

3 April 2012

There are core voters in every social group, just as there are swing voters in every social group.  On one level, of course, the answer to why Labour lost so catastrophically in 2010 is simple: we had presided over an enormous...

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Jobs for the boys

3 April 2012

The preoccupation of both Tory strategists and Labour feminists with women voters can’t disguise Labour’s challenge: we’ve got man trouble. Reversing the historic Tory lead with women was, of course, crucial to New Labour’s political project: a party cannot be a...

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Achieving a progressive majority

3 April 2012

Labour’s route back to power lies in coalition with other parties that share our values. This piece was first published in Spring 2012 edition of the Fabian Review An alliance between Labour and the Liberal Democrats; who on earth, after their treachery,...

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Allow organisers to organise...

3 April 2012

Election night in 2010 was full of surprises. The defeat itself was not one of them; the steady loss of Labour support since the fateful ‘election that never was’ in 2007 became a torrent by 2009 from which it was...

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