Progress Online

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(Website: Progress Online)

“Progress, Labour’s new mainstream, aims to promote a radical and progressive politics.  We seek to promote open debate and discussion of progressive ideas and policies.”

A year ahead of Labour’s successful 1997 election, Progress was created as an internal pressure group with the objective of ensuring that a Labour government did not stray from a right-of-centre capitalist-friendly stance.  War-happy Blair and laissez faire financial deregulator Brown did not need much persuasion from Progress.  They and their merry breed of centrist Herberts were happy to be a continuation of Major’s banality and to pass the unprincipled baton of administration onto Cameron (and Clegg).  

Progress retreated into the arena of in-house chat room until Jeremy Corbyn was elected as Labour leader.  Then, an explosion of bile, rancour and peremptory abuse erupted from the terrified Progress mob, so scared are they of the possibility of a Labour government with a left-of-centre…

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