What did the IPPR really say?

I wanted to write this up but it’s jolly long. Here is their home page for the report, “The Condition of Britain”, and here is a link to the summary. They say,

The Condition of Britain: Strategies for social renewal sets out a comprehensive new agenda for reforming the state and social policy to enable people in Britain to work together to build a stronger society in tough times.<

This landmark report argues for a new approach to politics and public action driven by the goals of spreading power, fostering contribution and strengthening shared institutions. Covering a wide range of policy issues, it makes proposals for reshaping the systems of support for families, young people, older people and those facing deep exclusion from society, while also setting out reforms to social security, employment support and housing policy.  The agenda laid out here is ambitious and optimistic, rooted in today’s challenges while learning the lessons of the past.

Owen Jones reviewed it in the Statesman, in an article entitled “The Condition of Britain: where is the left’s transformative programme?”, they subtitle the article, “The authors of IPPR’s The Condition of Britain offer a coherent plan and one that will be influential if the Labour Party triumphs in May”, although wile he defends the report against Miliband’s office’s cynical headlines, argues that aspects of the report are flawed since it accepts austerity and tries to fund their programme. He also examines the variety and power of thee rioght wing think tanks and their patience, all of which firstly helped Thatcher win, and then having prepared the grounds for her programme, helped her execute it; programmes which form the basis of the current coalitions. He suggests that one think tank ain’t enough, even one as good as the IPPR.

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