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Movement on the ‘Progressive Alliance’ front

A lot of buzz around the Green Party Conference about the notion of a Progressive Alliance. Not least because the Green Party, of all the political parties engaged so far, has been making much of the running up until now about the overall desirability of such an Alliance, and about some of the…

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A Progressive Alliance: Laying the Foundations

There’s one constant thread running through the post-Brexit chaos: if ever there was a time to bring people together to help transform our corrupted and dysfunctional political system, through some kind of progressive alliance, this has to be it. The depths plumbed through the course of the…

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More United

To be honest, the last month has been just about the most depressing month in my whole political life, though I would probably have to admit to blanking a couple of Election results during that time! So there’s obviously only one way to deal with any residual blues: help get some new political…

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The Power of Redemptive Anger

For a couple of hours on Friday morning, for the first time ever, I felt old. At the age of 65 (nearly 66!), I am old, but I’ve never actually felt old. All it took were a few clips of Farage, Johnson and Gove, plus interviews with the likes of Liam Fox and Neil Hamilton (exhumed from his political…

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The Undecided … and the Death of Jo Cox

It’s hard to believe that the single most important decision that the citizens of the UK have been asked to make in a very, very long time, may all come down to two imponderable questions. The first is about turnout on the day. There are still a huge number of people who are undecided in one way or…

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20 Years On: Good Progress, but Must Do Better!

It’s uncomfortable having to think back to 1996. At that time, there was still a real sense of hope that the agreements stuck at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, four years earlier, could still translate rapidly into real change on the ground. Unfortunately, that hope proved groundless. Indeed,…

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