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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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Age-old lessons

3 April 2012

If the polls are to be believed, cutting welfare is very popular. YouGov reports that fewer than a third of Labour voters and just 3 per cent of Conservatives oppose it. This places the left in a terrible bind, not least because the public...

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Jonathan Rutherford reviews Richard Sennett's 'Together'

2 April 2012

Richard Sennett’s new book is a study of the practice of co-operation. It is the second of three in what he calls his ‘homo faber’ project – the idea of human beings as the makers of their own destiny through...

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Britain's Oldest Think Tank

31 March 2012

The Fabian Society was founded in 1884 and throughout it's long history has been at the heart of debate on the left of British politics. As part of our new website, we're hoping to feature some of the history of the...

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A six point plan for Labour

1 February 2012

In the four decades I have spent following politics, one thing I have learned is that, when all else fails, it is worth telling the truth. This is not meant to be a slick or flippant remark; rather it recognises something...

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Annie Besant (1847-1933)

23 September 2004

In India there are parks and roads named after Annie Besant, and she frequently makes an appearance in history textbooks. She is remembered there for her work in the twentieth century: the presidency of the Indian National Congress, her advocacy...

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