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We need to talk about duties as well as rights

For the last fortnight I’ve been doing jury service. The case I was assigned was an unpleasant one, but overall I found the experience surprisingly rewarding. My fellow jurors were an engaged, intelligent bunch. As we sat in the courtroom … Continue reading

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The shame of being British

On the morning of 24th June, like many who had voted to remain in the EU, I felt a range of unpleasant emotions: shock, sadness, anger, dejection, despondency. I spent most of the day lapping up the anti-Brexit commentariat’s outpouring … Continue reading

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If we’re going to build a new politics, we have to move beyond left and right

When I saw a headline on the New Statesman website last week about “a budding progressive alliance”, my first reaction was excitement. I’ve been boring friends for at least a year now about the need for a realignment of British … Continue reading

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Why I’m voting Labour

I was born in 1989, just as history, according to American political scientist Francis Fukuyama, ended. The Berlin Wall fell when I was six months old. Liberal democracy and free market capitalism were triumphant. And, according to Fukuyama and friends, … Continue reading

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Towards a better capitalism: how can business reduce poverty?

One possible definition of business – borrowing the Marx-infused jargon of the early-twentieth-century Left – is the process by which labour is transformed into capital. Poverty, defined in similar terms, is a result of the fact that capital is less … Continue reading

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Generation Inequality

Inequality is experiencing something of a renaissance. After the end of the Cold War, the lesson learned by the Democrats under Clinton and then the Labour Party under Blair was that harping on about inequality was a sure-fire way to … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season: Amazon and its critics

Christmas is a season for invented traditions. There’s the Christmas tree, which first became popular in early modern Germany before spreading across Europe in the nineteenth century. There’s Father Christmas, loosely based on the historical figure St Nicholas, a fourth … Continue reading

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