Labour’s weakening hold on blue-collar workers

Ian Warren

Between 2005 and 2014 Labour has seen dwindling support from a wide range of blue-collar working demographic groups. Transient single populations in routine occupations; low income families; comfortably off industrial workers; middle-aged working couples with young children; older couples in former council estates or low value housing. Whilst many retain their loyalty to Labour a…


We measure GDP, so why not housing affordability?

Robert Tinker

The housing market can be the difference between financial sustainability and a bust. It can cause forms of inequality to multiply or underpin an egalitarian strategy to reduce poverty. It can lift up a Chancellor’s career in office and help parties tune into the valuable politics of aspiration. Housing may in fact lay claim to…


Long-term lessons

Robert Tinker

With the results of May’s elections digested, the end of the current parliament has come into sight. So begins what will be one of the longest ‘long’ general election campaigns for decades. But on the policy issue which has shaped this parliament – the fiscal deficit – there is still a long way to go….