Jacob Hacker thinks he has the answer to the public’s hardening attitude to welfare – we should “stop inequality before it starts”. But can the idea of predistribution enter the political mainstream?
The Labour leader wants to keep his party united but he also wants to win an election. The two ambitions inevitably collide.
With a mixture of high-minded principle and political cunning, he has reimagined the Labour-unions link for a less collectivist age.
If he wants to solve his party's funding problems, the Lib Dem leader should form an alliance with Labour.
Cameron looked evasive as he responded to Miliband's call for a limit on MPs' outside earnings with a reheated attack on the unions.
A Labour source says the party's proposed cap on donations from all sources will be set at the lower level of £5,000, not £10,000.
The reforms announced today will enhance Labour's traditional links and lay the foundations for new, open and powerful alliances.
. . . and it only got better when I saw Grant Shapps, president of the unofficial second job society, squirming and whimpering on the Daily Politics.
The Labour leader shifts the focus from the unions by calling for new limits on MPs' outside earnings and a cap on party donations.
While the rewriting of Clause IV by Blair was of largely symbolic significance, the changes proposed by Miliband would have dramatic consequences for Labour's funding.