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    The essence of economic progressivism is the creation of the best possible living conditions for the largest possible number of people. (1/)

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    That means (1) increasing the size of the pie and (2) slicing it more equally. (2/)

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    This is basic recipe of EU (& Eurozone) countries like Germany & Netherlands, where working-class life is v much better than in the UK. (3/)

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    I spent most of the pre- and post-referendum period in Leave-voting parts of Britain and can say with confidence: (4/)

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    Though also cultural, the Brexit vote was tipped by low- and middle-earners working too many hours for too-low living standards. (5/)

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    A sensible response would thus be to improve living standards concretely by making the pie bigger & allocating its slices more fairly. (6/)

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    i.e. minimising the economic costs of Brexit and simultaneously advancing genuinely radical reforms to spread wealth and opportunity. (7/)

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    Corbyn is going in the opposite direction. First, his opposition to the Single Market will make Britain poorer. It will shrink the pie. (8/)

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    Second, his June manifesto sliced the pie less fairly. Distributionally it was much closer to the Tory one than to the Lib Dem one. (9/)

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    Instead Labour should be "tough on Brexit, tough on the causes of Brexit". By doing two things: (10/)

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    (1) Boost jobs and wages, and drastically increase available funds for public services, by keeping Britain in the Single Market. (11/)

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    2) Advance genuinely radical & redistributive policies on tax, education, industry, regional policy, infrastructure, political reform. (12/)

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    As things stand, the next years will make austerity look like picnic. Jobs will go. Prices will rise. Real people will feel real pain. (13/)

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    Lib Dems, the SNP & sensible Tories can all play a role. But ultimately it's up to Labour to decide whether that will happen. (14/)

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    History will judge every Labour MP, activist and influencer on whether the party uses - or wastes - that unique and decisive power. (15/15)

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    Corbyn is a nationalist first & a socialist second. He despises northern Europe because it shows that life can be better without revolution.

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    Think about it: an egalitarian, dynamic form of capitalism exists across the North Sea but the Labour left avoids it like the plague.

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    Why? Because the Nordic industrial model would massively enrich & empower working-class Britons, but offends the egos of Labour lefties.

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