Edinburgh by night

True north

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There’s a popular belief that the Chinese word for crisis is made up of the symbols for both danger and opportunity. The Labour party has a similar relationship with the word devolution, though sadly we don’t seem to be focusing on the opportunity, just the threat. Right now, the Labour party is losing the battle…

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Rebuilding Labour Britain

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2015 lies behind the Labour party like a battlefield littered with the detritus of its defeat. The party retreats into the new year, disoriented and deeply uncertain of its future. Ahead of it lies the European referendum debate and elections across the country. In Scotland Labour has been wiped out, and in Wales and the…

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Sector by sector

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Earlier this week a Nobel prize winning economist warned that unless the UK is able to improve its productivity performance, George Osborne’s ‘national living wage’ policy will end in failure. Sir Christoper Pissarides was right to intervene. Boosting productivity is the key to ending low pay and putting the UK back on the path to…