Saturday 17 January 2009

What they're saying about the Fabian conference

Today's Fabian New Year conference - Fairness doesn't happen by chance - takes place at Imperial College, London. Registration from 9am: some tickets are available on the door. If you can't make it, there will be reports and updates here on Next Left and on the Fabian website. We have been told that the Guardian Politics website and LabourList plan to blog from the conference, and you can also respond and discuss the themes at at LabourHome, as well as here.

Some conference previews:

Harriet Harman explains why class must be part of an equality push in a Guardian interview; Andrew Grice in The Independent says the government may yet pull back from the proposal for fear of the class war headlines; Simon Heffer thinks it is all nonsense, but a Fabian/Barrow Cadbury Trust poll says that the public think class matters to fair chances at work.

Sky News' attention will be on what Peter Mandelson has to say about the response to the downturn.

Dave Hill says the politics of race shouldn't move on, but should move forward, at Comment is Free.

Jemima Olchawski, writing at Liberal Conspiracy, asks what progressives should do to avoid choosing between climate change, international development and inequality at home in a recession, and how campaigners can make the link.

Louise Bamfield says public attitudes to inequality are changing in a recession; drawing on new Fabian research which Andrew Grice discussed last weekend in The Independent.

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