"The NES will only be a success if it’s local, autonomous and with adequate investment. It has to be a true partnership between headteachers, governors, unions, educational charities like The Access project, and local government. A National Educational Service does not and should not look the same in London as it does in Birmingham."
"In short, to fundamentally change the status quo when it comes to work in Britain. A Labour government has the power to do this. But it will take time, political capital and a measure of luck."
The Young Fabian book club met up to discuss David Goodhart's The Road to Somewhere.
Chris Spencer writes up the event for our blog. Look out for the next edition of the magazine for the accompanying book review by Leon Alleyne McLaughlin.
"A more equal society is not one in which a mixed-race woman achieves status through her husband’s hereditary role in an archaic institution."
"No doctor or hospital can improve local economic opportunities, reduce hopelessness and so reverse the dramatic rise in drug related deaths. The best they can usually do is try and stop an overdose becoming fatal if the patient somehow makes it to A&E in time."
"Erasmus schemes include in not just university students, but also those taking up volunteering, teaching sports training and other staff work, and it is these other aspects of the scheme that are most at risk to government policy."
"There has been three fundamental failures of parliament in regulating this product; one of failing to act on evidence from the regulator originally, two of failing to adapt recommendations to an evolving marketplace and three a failure to ensure that there is independent oversight of the Gambling Market."
Charlotte Norton talks about her experiences of getting a Labour gain in an 'unwinnable' ward.
The Fabian Society’s Raising the Bar pamphlet seeks to understand why this has happened, and what policymakers can do to get household incomes rising again. The Raising the Bar launch event in April gave Fabian members a chance to hear more and ask questions of contributors including Annaliese Dodds MP, the political economists Prof Ozlem Onaran and Craig Berry, and John Mills (entrepreneur and Labour Party activist).
Mark Whittaker, chair of the Finance Network wrote up the event for our blog.
On election day, I found myself running round in the searing heat knocking on doors encouraging our supporters to get out and vote in Trinity Ward, Wimbledon. Though I lost, it was an amazing experience and there are many positives and lessons to take.
"Recourse available to members of society when politicians are deliberately misleading is astonishingly limited"
"Devolution is the logical solution for England; it will reinforce the union and equalise the four nations."