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Welcome to… DWP

Andrew Harrop

Taking on the work and pensions brief should be the dream job for a senior Labour politician. DWP is the largest spending department, a symbol of the cradle-to-grave welfare state; and it is pivotal to two central Labour issues: inequality and labour. But as Rachel Reeves steps into the role of Shadow Secretary of State,…

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How to build a one nation state

Andrew Harrop

The idea of ‘stewardship’ is a Fabian riposte to the recent (mis)characterization of its rich tradition of democratic collectivism as the embodiment of the evils of ‘big state’. State collectivism, with its national purview, long-termism and sense of agency, must have an enduring role if we are to create a better society than the one…

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Full employment first

Liam Byrne MP

Once upon a time, Britain was prepared to give the Tories the benefit of the doubt. They said they cared about poverty; they promised a welfare revolution and they pledged, ‘we’re all in this together’. Now, three long years on, the verdict is in: we have a cost of living crisis, a million young people…

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