A Good Society for Scotland
When: Saturday 8th June 2013 10:00- 15:30
Where: Renfield Centre 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4J
Speakers: Baroness Ruth Lister, Patrick Harvie MSP (Leader of the Scottish Greens), Esther Roberton, (Past coordinator of Scotland Constitutional Convention) Sarah Boyack MSP, Ann Henderson (Scottish Trades Union Congress) Robin McAlpine (Director Jimmy Reid Foundation) Daniel Johnson (Scottish Fabians) and more!
Scottish politics is buzzing around the referendum in 2014 but the debate about the Union only makes sense if we know what kind of country we want Scotland to be. We have a unique opportunity over the next 16 months to shape the debate about Scotland and a good society.Join us June 8th to do exactly that and be a part of the debate and the future of a good Scotland.
Since she became leader of the Party of Wales last year, Leanne Wood has prioritised work on the economy, and she has now launched Plaid Cymru's Plan C.
This series of three debates centred on the theme of One Nation Labour Modernisation and was organised by the Labour Policy Review, Progress and ourselves.
To listen to the recordings of these events just click the play buttons below:
The Good Society Debate, that was launched five years ago by the SPD Secretary General Andrea Nahles and the Head of the Labour Party Policy Review, Jon Cruddas MP, has certainly made a splash in Europe. According to a study by the Institute of Democracy Research of Göttingen University the debate, which has been driven by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Compass and Social Europe Journal, is one of the most striking attempts to redefine social democracy for the 21st century and has triggered a wide international debate.
Break up RBS into a network of locally headquartered banks? Use QE to fund a massive green investment programme? Cut out the middle men? Our ongoing economic turmoil is opening up the political space to imagine radically different models of banking and investment
Amid warnings of a triple dip recession and bank runs across Europe, even establishment figures have begun to call for fresh thinking on money and banking. Some of these unorthodox proposals could hold the key to financing a more resilient, relocalised and fossil-free economy.
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Every time we analyse European social democracy the challenge is both more daunting and more exciting. From the publication of Building the Good Society by Andrea Nahles and Jon Cruddas to Europe & the Good Society: After the Crash by Thorben Albrecht and myself everything has changed. But things have now changed again.
Thatcher's funeral v Olympic Opening Ceremony - which is the real Britain?
After a week of media battles over Her legacy, BBC Newsnight opted to report Margaret Thatcher's funeral in an unusually useful way. Rather than take part in the central debate - She was divisive, no She wasn't - Paxman chose to focus on what the nature of the event said about Britain today and how accurate was it?
While all eyes look toward the May 2015 general election, too few on the Left are asking the question, what will the coming years look like in the event of a Labour victory? The 1972 American classic, “The Candidate” follows the election of a California candidate for the U.S. Senate, played by Robert Redford. Upon victory and after months of concentrating his efforts on being elected, Redford asks his campaign manager the question, “What do we do now?” While comedic in nature, the film exposes the harsh truth of electoral politics.
These reflections were made by Zoe Williams at our recent event 'What can we learn from Thatcherism?'. Further details and the audio recording from the night in can be found here.
Lesson one: there is no such thing as a successful Thatcherite policy. There is just a policy whose failures are not yet apparent.
We've uploaded the audio from this event for those of you who were unable to attend or want to listen again. Just click the play button above to get going.
Speakers (in order): Rosie Rogers (Compass), Jon Trickett MP (Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office), Linda Jack (Chair, Liberal Left), Lisa Nandy MP, Zoe Williams (The Guardian)
You can also contribute to our 'Life under Thatcher' blog and tell your story- we already have more than 50 stories and would love to hear yours. You can visit the blog at www.lifeunderthatcher.co.uk
To read Zoe's reflections click here.