"Constitutional issues rarely pique voters interest, and so parties have rarely had an interest in taking a line on regional devolution other than a vague aspiration"
"We need to connect up communities that were left isolated after the Beeching cuts in the 1960s. This would be an approach rooted in serving the needs of local people and recreating a sense of place that marries with our environment agenda."
"Scapegoating is nothing new, and since 2008 it has been the staple of British politics; but it is Labour’s responsibility to counter the deception more effectively and pull common sense in the UK back from the brink"
The Young Fabian Economy and Finance Network’s Response to the Spring Statement
Be present, go to the meeting, write the blog, volunteer for the cause you’re passionate about, change someone’s mind, organise, build, ideate, do - not - settle.
The Young Fabian International Network held a discussion with Jess Manville, who was previously an officer on the Network and is currently a Journalist for the Israeli TV station I24 News, covering her previous work at the YF, what she does now, and the current social and political climate within Israel.
Masculinity. A word who’s modern interpretation is now more of weakness than strength. And rightly so.
Last week, the Young Fabians Devolution and Local Government Network held an event with John Denham to discuss English Identity. Marian Craig, Chair of the Young Fabians Devolution and Local Government Network summarises the discussions.
"If we are to leave a sustainable planet for the generations to come then changing our diet is an essential part of it."
The Young Fabians held their AGM on 24th November in Fabian HQ, Petty France. The new executive was ratified, motions were debated and new networks were approved.
The young Fabians hosted an event in November to discuss Britain's relationship with the Middle East. the International Network Secretary, Nathaneal Amos Sansam, writes up the event below.
On Saturday 10th November the Young Fabians Economy & Finance Network ran a ‘Rethinking Economics Workshop’, hosted by Nadia Islam and Mark Whittaker and with three invited speakers. This was a timely event, coming off the back of an underwhelming autumn budget at a time when, as described by the IPPR, the economy ‘is not working for millions of people and requires fundamental reform’ and with the prospect of a potentially ruinous Brexit looming on the near horizon
"The key to the Preston model is spending local authority money and ‘anchor institutions’ funds locally with local contractors and suppliers."
This article is based on the Young Fabian Economy & Finance Network’s event in Leeds Civic Hall on 25th October 2018.
The speakers were Mhairi Tordoff (social housing professional and environmental activist), Prof John Barrett (UK Energy Research Centre), Ian Rigarlsford (Ecology Building Society), and Alex Sobel MP (Environmental Audit Committee and leader of SERA’s Parliamentary Network).
The Young Fabians Devolution and Local Network recently spoke to Lisa Nandy (MP for Wigan and Centre for Towns) and Jonn Elledge (Editor of City Metric). John Morris summarises the debate.
"The anti-semitism debate is another strike on the shaky foundations that Scottish Labour needs to build for its successful revival."
"We are tired of being told ‘that’s the problem with you feminists’, ‘be quiet’ and ‘you’re being too emotional about this’."
Earlier this year, we published Ash Lawton Dharmasingham's series 'East of Suez: A British Strategy for an Asian Century.
If you want to read the whole series as a single document, click here.