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    Masterly inactivity or a new dawn?: Labour and the regulation of private renting

Masterly inactivity or a new dawn?: Labour and the regulation of private renting

If there is one thing that Labour and the Conservatives currently have in common is that both appear ready to embark on a step change in housing policy. But are Jeremy Corbyn’s recent announcements on rent controls a sign of change, or just another new political language for ‘masterly inactivity’? Ben Pattison reviews Labour’s record on private renting regulation.

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    Why John Major’s premiership deserves more credit than it is usually given

Why John Major’s premiership deserves more credit than it is usually given

John Major has been a successful former Prime Minister, still making impactful interventions over issues such as the Scottish independence referendum and Brexit. This is unlike other former prime ministers. Drawing on their latest book, Kevin Hickson and Ben Williams explain why we need to reconsider his premiership.

John Major was Prime Minister for six and a half years, one […]

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    Law and order in the ’90s: why Blair and Schröder implemented very different policies

Law and order in the ’90s: why Blair and Schröder implemented very different policies

Tony Blair and Gerhard Schröder were both elected in the late 1990s. But whereas Blair’s government toughened law and order policies in the UK, the German Social Democrats did not follow suit. Georg Wenzelburger writes that the ministers involved, as well as the balance of power within each government go some way in explaining why.

It may seem unthinkable today, […]

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    How weak governance stopped Labour winning the general election

How weak governance stopped Labour winning the general election

Considering the turnaround in fortunes during and after the 2017 general election, why didn’t Labour win? The answer is to be found both in the Labour party’s governance, and in the whole system of British government, explains Ed Straw.

Given the dire display of their government opponents, some have asked the legitimate question: why did Labour not win? Let’s start […]

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    British political identity and Iraq: how we think of ourselves shapes where and when we fight

British political identity and Iraq: how we think of ourselves shapes where and when we fight

British involvement in the Iraq War, and the political contestation it generated, highlight important questions about British politics and the conduct of security policy. How did the government seek to create a narrative that Iraq was a threat requiring military action? To what degree was Blair successful, and why? Jarrod Hayes explains that, at least in part, the answers […]

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    Fractured and unmanageable? Labour Party Management under Blair and under Corbyn

Fractured and unmanageable? Labour Party Management under Blair and under Corbyn

Under Tony Blair, Labour’s managerial structure shifted from a pluralist system to a centrally directed one. Eric Shaw explains that this structure of control has now unravelled and power is dispersed among a range of institutions which are resistant to Jeremy Corbyn’s rule – and so Labour at times verges on the ungovernable.

Labour is facing a crisis of party […]

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    Iraq, Syria and the Middle East: Tony Blair has not learned the lessons of the past decade

Iraq, Syria and the Middle East: Tony Blair has not learned the lessons of the past decade

With Iraq on the precipice of civil war, Tony Blair wrote an essay in which he urged Western intervention and argued that if Saddam had remained in power things would be worse. Lee Marsden examines the essay and concludes that Blair’s arguments don’t hold water. 

Tony Blair’s latest intervention in events in the Middle East have been summarily dismissed by London Mayor Boris […]

Reflecting on John Smith’s political legacy

On May 12th, 1994 John Smith, then the leader of the Labour Party, died suddenly and tragically at the young age of 55. Wyn Grant reflects on his political legacy and what might have been had things turned out differently.

The twentieth anniversary of the tragically early death of John Smith in his mid-fifties is an opportunity to reflect on […]