Think tanks are strange beasts and working for one even odder. It is an occupation that sits near the top of the ‘hard to explain what I do at a dinner party list’. For all their obscurity though, think tanks are a vital part of the British democratic process and occasionally their impact comes into focus.
A couple of years ago I sat at the annual lecture of Demos, a left of centre think tank, and heard one of the world’s leading political thinkers, Amartya Sen, speak about his latest book, Power and Capability. A panel of three then responded. Last to speak was Ed Miliband . In what he said that day were the seeds of the idea he seems to be settling on as his guiding philosophy – ‘predistribution.’
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