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Emran Mian is director of the Social Market Foundation
There are obvious reasons for the government's lethargy. There’s a referendum to win. It curtails the appetite for risk.
The questions raised by the claims about the legal backing to the deal won't go away, says Emran Mian.
None of the major parties really grapple with the necessary work to improve social mobility, although they all say they're for it.
Labour's tuition fee policy isn't as bad as I feared. It's still pretty dire.
In its major housing review, Labour seems to be ruling out borrowing more to pay for increased investment. This could be a mistake.
The government insists it has done no contingency planning for Scottish independence, so what would the civil service do in the event of a Yes vote?
Scottish independence negotiations could give the rest of the UK something like the civic conversation that Scotland is currently enjoying.
Labour's reform proposals may be radical, but only in the sense of the state retreating from helping young people.
Progressive parties should use the opportunity of the economic recovery to suggest that politics can lift its sights.
The middle 20 per cent of working age households in 2011-12 had on average the same real-terms income as four years before.