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    Jeremy Corbyn on why and how Labour must rebuild the politics of hope

Jeremy Corbyn on why and how Labour must rebuild the politics of hope

Talking at an LSE event, Jeremy Corbyn set out his views on how the Labour Party can rebuild the politics of hope. By explaining how faith in politics was lost, he explained how that faith can be restored, how it also requires economic justice and credibility, and how Labour can promote the core idea behind socialism: that everyone should […]

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    Why the local elections showed us that British politics has changed for good

Why the local elections showed us that British politics has changed for good

The 2016 elections highlighted the persistence of multi-party politics, the growing distinctiveness of the devolved nations, and the diversity of electoral systems. Katie Ghose argues these longer term trends deserve greater attention given the implications they have for the future shape of the UK.

If you were following it, it was easy to get lost last week underneath the bar […]

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    What next for the Greens? The Green Party after Natalie Bennett

What next for the Greens? The Green Party after Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett recently announced that she will not seek re-election for a third term as leader of the Green Party. James Dennison evaluates Bennett’s leadership, as well as the impact that the negative press coverage she received had on the party. Thanks to the party’s growing membership under her leadership – having attracted voters from Labour and from the […]

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    If the Conservatives are now committed to a philosophy of inequality, they are no longer conservatives

If the Conservatives are now committed to a philosophy of inequality, they are no longer conservatives

Recent revelations about David Cameron’s personal finances have chimed with wider debates about wealth inequality. The episode has not only raised questions about the way in which disparities of income are legitimated, but it has also led some to suggest that Britain’s social elite is engaged in the ‘veiled pursuit of the interests of one class against another’. But […]

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    Predicting the results for the 2020 general election? We’re still not sure about the results from 2015!

Predicting the results for the 2020 general election? We’re still not sure about the results from 2015!

Last Thursday, the UK went to the polls. While different parts of the country voted in different elections for posts of varying significance, political observers could draw conclusions from a wide and varied set of results. Here, Alun Wyburn-Powell gives his take on proceedings, and on the news that the Conservatives may be forced to re-win seats that they […]

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    Jeremy Corbyn’s rhetorical dilemma: left-wing populism or mainstream convention?

Jeremy Corbyn’s rhetorical dilemma: left-wing populism or mainstream convention?

Jeremy Corbyn has recently been described as a “demagogue”; but his appeal is derived from his character rather than from rhetorical strategies, explain Judi Atkins and Nick Turnbull. Here, they discuss the rhetoric of distance deployed by his critics, and the inevitable dilemma Corbyn will face if he is to appeal to an audience beyond Labour grassroot members.

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    Unequal beginnings: more must be done to give the UK’s most vulnerable children a fairer start in life

Unequal beginnings: more must be done to give the UK’s most vulnerable children a fairer start in life

The new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb, has pledged a ‘relentless focus on improving life chances’. But a new UNICEF Report Card comparing child well-being outcomes across rich countries shows the UK could do better for its most disadvantaged children. The Report Card’s authors, John Hudson and Stefan Kühner, explore the UK’s record and ask […]

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    Chills, thrills and surprises: ten years of freedom of information in the UK

Chills, thrills and surprises: ten years of freedom of information in the UK

Freedom of Information is working well, concluded the Independent Commission appointed to look into how the Act is working. Here, Benjamin Worthy explains why politicians are unhappy with the process, but that it’s actually them who need to get behind FOI, or at least tolerate it.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act has been in the news again, when the […]

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