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Keeping it local

Ed Wallis

When Theresa May called a snap general election, it was supposed to call time on one of the most tumultuous periods in our political history. Politics has barely paused to catch breath since 23 June last year, when Britain’s political class was pitched into chaos by the vote to leave the EU. We saw a…

Richard Schneider

The dismembered state

David Walker, Polly Toynbee

It has been undermined by ideology and eroded by cuts. Yet, Polly Toynbee and David Walker argue, only the state can protect and provide for the common good More than ever, Labour needs to reclaim the state. For too long we have shied away from the very word. Now, with a cabinet set on its…

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Autumn Statement reaction: This could be just the start

Andrew Harrop

This wasn’t a Brexit Budget, it was a Brexit uncertainty Budget. Almost all the dire economic and fiscal news that was revealed today was the result, not of Brexit itself, but of the referendum decision and the pending Article 50 negotiation. This could be just the start. The Office for Budget Responsibility’s assumptions about 2017…