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Progressive leadership

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The electoral year in Europe started last week with national elections in the Netherlands. French presidential elections will follow in April and May and in autumn there will be German federal elections and parliamentary elections in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. Progressive parties in all these countries face the challenge of overcoming the trend of…

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In tune with the times

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The story goes something like this: back in the 1920s, when jazz was just getting into its stride, someone asked Louis Armstrong, “What is this thing called jazz?” “If you’ve gotta ask,” the musician replied, “you’ll never know.” I relay this anecdote, not just because I love jazz, but because Armstrong’s response raises the issue…

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A unique contribution

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In July 2015, Cornwall was the first rural authority to sign a devolution deal. So what has happened in the subsequent 18 months? Have our ambitions been realised? And does devolution remain a key enabler for the future of health and social care in Cornwall? Every place has a claim to being unique, and this…