Archive for June, 2011

The incredible and the unbelievable

, 29 June 2011

Ipsos Mori’s Veracity Index (commissioned intriguingly by the British Medical Association) yet again shows that doctors and teachers top the net trust ratings at +80% and + 69% respectively (calculated as the difference between people saying they trust the group to tell the truth and they don’t) – perhaps illustrating the problems for the...

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The importance of being insubordinate

, 23 June 2011

Typical hierarchical organisations screen out dissident voices and value loyalty. Suppressing concerns is the route to the top – and those at the top like hearing their own opinions reinforced. First Lyndon Johnson on Vietnam, then Donald Rumsfeld on Iraq, took decisions in vacuums of agreement of their own making – with disastrous consequences.

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Why the government needs to improve the mayoral offer

, 21 June 2011

On our tour of these 11 cities we were told by chief executives, officials, councillors, business and voluntary sector leaders alike that elected mayors could offer greater accountability and clear leadership at a local level, but that the mayoral offer to local authorities needs to be more clearly defined.  Yesterday we got more clarity...

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Opening up policy making: The wisdom of four

, 14 June 2011

Current planning policy runs to thousands of pages. The normal process is to do it in-house – ministers and civil servants redraft; then consult; amend (a bit) and promulgate. New drafts are largely the responsibility of the people who wrote the old versions – with the in-built conservatism that implies. And what looks good to...

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Acceptance of NHS reform could hinge on accountability

, 3 June 2011

If the Government’s listening exercise can encourage ministers to clarify the lines of accountability, the decentralisation introduced in the Health and Social Care Bill may be more widely accepted. The Institute’s recent report, Nothing to do with me? put forward guiding principles on ministerial accountability within decentralised services.

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Was Gordon Brown’s ‘Economic War Council’ a new model for driving the PM’s agenda?

, 2 June 2011

The National Economic Committee (NEC) was an ‘Economic War Council’ to drive the government response to the recession. This was a different sort of cabinet committee, that: met weekly (twice weekly at the start) was chaired by the PM and met in the famous COBRA crisis room –  to reinforce the message this was not...

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