Monthly Archives: September 2010

The introduction of a living wage for London is needed to prevent hard working families from slipping into poverty and to address the growing inequalities that are damaging our society

With the new leader of the Labour party making it a core tenet of his policy package, and with support across the political and business spectrum, the momentum behind the living wage campaign is growing. Paul Rainford argues that, in these times of austerity, it is an economic and moral imperative to make work pay in order to prevent […]

Did Ed’s First Speech Change The Story?

The new Labour leader Ed Miliband’s first speech was very important for both him and the party. Charlie Beckett takes an in depth look at the speech and finds it to be wide ranging but not ground-breaking.
This article first appeared on Charlie Beckett’s blog on 28 September.

So did Ed’s first leader speech change the narrative as I have suggested it must […]

The economic benefits of high speed rail in Europe can now be demonstrated beyond doubt. Now the UK should consider investing in HSR as well

The coalition government is committed to the development of Britain’s transport networks, and encouraging low carbon solutions such as railway development. Gabriel Ahlfeldt shows how an innovative study of the impacts of a new German high speed rail (HSR) infrastructure clearly demonstrates significant economic benefits for the first time, benefits that the UK now needs to invest in also.

In […]

How to lead the Labour party – it’s not only about winning office, but about defining the political spectrum and reshaping British society

With Labour receiving just 29 per cent of the vote in the 2010 general election, Ed Miliband has a mountain to climb as the party’s new leader. Robin Archer argues that a purely centrist approach to his new job would be self-defeating and that he has an unusual opportunity to revive British social democracy.

Debates about where Ed Miliband […]

‘Red Ed’ is tipped for victory, ‘Red Vince’ ruffles a few feathers and Nick Clegg converts to Thatcherism – round up of political blogs for 18-24 September

Chris Gilson, Paul Rainford and Amy Mollett take a look at the week in political blogging.


As Nick Clegg declares there is “no future” for the Liberal Democrats as a left-wing alternative to Labour, 52% of Lib Dem voters believe he has “sold out” on core party values.

Meanwhile, Left Foot Forward comments on the “welcoming hand” of Caroline Lucas […]

The Tory honeymoon dulls, Labour revives even without a leader and the Liberal Democrats are teetering on a precipice – the State of the Parties in September 2010

As political trends snap into sharp focus next week with the crowning of the new Labour leader, the party is already level-pegging with the Conservatives again, and the edge has for the moment gone off the Tories’ poll ratings. Meanwhile Patrick Dunleavy and Chris Gilson find that Liberal Democrat support has halved and the party would face electoral extinction […]

Farewell then NPfIT across the health service. But without learning longer-term lessons, will locally-orientated IT development in the NHS just be going back to the future?

Long a focus of controversy, the NHS’s flagship programme for renewing its information technology has been radically scaled down and ‘re-focused’ by the new coalition government. Jerry Fishenden welcomes the change, but worries that letting diversity bloom again without learning the lessons of both NPfIT and its predecessor policies will not break the mould of past failures.

The news from […]

The ‘phoney war’ period of the ‘age of austerity’ is over – welcome to a new and nasty normal

As the Liberal Democrats kick off the party conference season, tax and public spending issues look set to completely dominate politics for the next three years at least. Tony Travers sees the ‘age of austerity’ moving from its ‘phoney war’ stage into a period of potentially radical change – and new and grim social realities for the UK

Economics and […]