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15.03.14

GDP growth continues but more apprentices needed

I had this on the Demos blog a few weeks ago.

Yesterday, the ONS maintained its preliminary estimate of GDP growth for the last quarter of 2013 at 0.7 per cent. This seems to confirm that the economy is now in recovery phase. However, as David Kern, chief economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), noted, it is now important to improve the quality of Britain’s recovery.

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12.11.13

The rising political temperature of apprenticeships

I had this on the Demos blog yesterday to mark the launch of my new project for Demos on the future of apprenticeships.

The politics of apprenticeships are getting hotter. They’ve long enjoyed support across all parties and across much of the electorate. Even if both the politicians and the voters have been a bit hazy in their understanding of what exactly they entail, and how we might get the most out of them.

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28.05.13

Time to lead and explain

I had this on the Progress website last week.

At the 1922 general election the Labour party more than doubled its representation, rising from 57 to 142 seats. This election was fought soon after the ‘Geddes Axe’ was wielded, which slashed public expenditure in an effort to restore the pre-first world war parity in government incomes and spending.

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26.03.13

After austerity: Proper devolution

I had this review of the TUC ‘After Austerity’ conference on the Progress website earlier this year.

his government never tires of saying that it was formed in a moment of economic crisis. Yet three-quarters of positive growth had then been secured. Now we teeter on the brink of an unprecedented triple-dip recession.

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29.09.12

Labour needs to choose freedom

I had this on Labour Uncut earlier this week.

“The success of Thatcherism did not lie in the immediate popularity of its programme, but its ability to command the cultural landscape of Britain … The most enduring threat faced by the left is not only to be perceived as an incompetent manager of the economy, but to be out of touch with major cultural advances and the contemporary zeitgeist.”

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21.03.11

Win, lose or draw for Labour

I went to the Progress political weekend and wrote about it on their blog:

In two separate sessions at the Progress political weekend Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy both said that Labour needs a draw on the deficit and a win on growth. Spooky. It was almost like they were singing from the same hymn sheet.

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21.03.11

Win, lose or draw for Labour

I went to the Progress political weekend and wrote about it on their blog:

In two separate sessions at the Progress political weekend Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy both said that Labour needs a draw on the deficit and a win on growth. Spooky. It was almost like they were singing from the same hymn sheet.

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21.04.09

David Cameron’s government of all the talents

Gordon Brown began his premiership by giving us his government of all the talents. Is David Cameron eager to present his version? He has already recruited David Freud, a former Labour advisor. Now Jonathan Isaby suggests a place should be found for Frank Field in a Cameron government, while Matthew Parris makes the case for Andrew Adonis. Are these to be repackaged, as Lenin did not quite say of George Bernard Shaw, as good men fallen amongst Brownites? Perhaps, Isaby and Parris are testing the water for Cameron to attempt such a move? There is unlikely to be any great rush to be the Quentin Davies of any future Cameron administration. But Digby Jones could probably make himself available, if Cameron gets desperate, particularly if sacking half the civil service is on the agenda, which it might be.

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21.04.09

David Cameron's government of all the talents

Gordon Brown began his premiership by giving us his government of all the talents. Is David Cameron eager to present his version? He has already recruited David Freud, a former Labour advisor. Now Jonathan Isaby suggests a place should be found for Frank Field in a Cameron government, while Matthew Parris makes the case for Andrew Adonis. Are these to be repackaged, as Lenin did not quite say of George Bernard Shaw, as good men fallen amongst Brownites? Perhaps, Isaby and Parris are testing the water for Cameron to attempt such a move? There is unlikely to be any great rush to be the Quentin Davies of any future Cameron administration. But Digby Jones could probably make himself available, if Cameron gets desperate, particularly if sacking half the civil service is on the agenda, which it might be.

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