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Gordon Brown’s English problem

John Denham

On Thursday Gordon Brown called for the Brexit settlement to deliver greater powers for UK nations and the English regions, rather than to Whitehall. The speech has strong points but at its heart is a fatal weakness that cannot deliver for Britain or England but could undermine Labour and feed its enemies. Not for the…

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A federal future

Kate Murray

His most famous intervention in a referendum campaign was widely credited with saving the Union. But when Gordon Brown weighed in on the side of remain earlier this year, he found himself, unlike with the Scottish vote, on the losing side. Both Brexit and Scotland were to the fore again today, as the former PM…

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March of the waiters

Cameron Tait

In the mid-19th century, Britain was a nation of makers with over one third of the workforce employed in manufacturing. But Fabian Society analysis shows the long-term decline of British manufacturing means it now employs only marginally more people than the hospitality industry, and a crossover is imminent.  In his memoirs, John Cole, a former…