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Osborne’s Gramscian supremacy

A new Compass paper, The Osborne Supremacy, interprets the successful strategy the Conservatives have pursued since 2005 in Gramscian terms, and considers the prospects for an effective Labour response.

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Tsunami: Scotland’s Democratic Revolution

Tsunami: Scotland’s Democratic Revolution is the third in Iain Macwhirter’s series of books attempting to map Scotland’s fast changing political landscape. It is indicative of the extraordinary speed with things are moving – and Macwhirter’s industry – that this is the third book he has published in two years.

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Hope is essential for change

Ann McKechin on the need for political leadership that gives real grounds for hope.

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Reflect, Renew and Rebuild: a review of our one day conference

Reflect, Renew and Rebuild, our one day conference on 30 May at the STUC, Glasgow, offered an opportunity to consider Scottish Labour’s electoral collapse and how the party can start to move forward.

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Blue Labour’s theology of the common good

Blue Labour is the most significant intellectual movement to have emerged within British social democracy since Tony Blair’s modernisation project of the 1990s. Justin Reynolds reviews a collection of essays exploring the project’s philosophical and theological roots.

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What are Labour’s virtues?

Daniel Johnson, Scottish Labour candidate for Edinburgh Southern in the 2016 election, says we are in an era of Virtue Politics, and Labour must bring its virtues to life.

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The ‘N’ Word

Kenny Fleming urges Scottish Labour to develop a mature and textured response to civic nationalism, and its interactation with conventional left wing politics.

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Back to The Future of Socialism

Justin Reynolds reviews Peter Hain’s case for the continued relevance of Anthony Crosland’s seminal 1956 book The Future of Socialism.

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The Spectre of a “Yes” Alliance

Gerard McMahon sets out his assessment how effectively a “Yes” alliance could haunt Labour in Scotland. Having just come through the Halloween period, we have got used to seeing ghosts….

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Potential for Change

David Gow outlines the need for radical renewal in the Social Democratic agenda across Europe.   Six years after the Great Recession took root with the collapse of US investment…