Guest blog: Get off the ring-fence

, 10 February 2015

Emran Mian, Director of the Social Market Foundation, argues that declaring budget ring-fences one by one is no way to plan for cuts in the next parliament.

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A harder bargain: Nick Harvey MP urges his Lib Dem colleagues to play hardball in any future coalition talks

, 6 February 2015

Being a Liberal Democrat minister in a Conservative-led department was like being ‘parachuted in behind enemy lines, with no line of communication open to base camp,’ Nick Harvey MP told an audience at the Institute for Government this week. In the event of another hung parliament, he argued, his party should demand greater influence...

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Captain overboard: Can Tony Abbott survive flawed judgement calls?

, 6 February 2015

British audiences love Aussie soaps. And a classic one is playing out down under right now as Prime Minister Tony Abbott attempts to fend off a leadership challenge triggered by the impact of some disastrous ‘captain’s calls’ which underline the importance of getting prime ministerial style right.

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Public trust in public servants – in six graphs

, 5 February 2015

Some recent surveys have revisited public trust in government. Edelman’s trust barometer, for example, shows trust in government has increased since the financial crisis, and is higher than the media and lower than in business and NGOs. But what about trust in the Civil Service? Gavin Freeguard investigates.

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John Manzoni sets out his priorities as chief executive of the Civil Service

, 4 February 2015

“Everything I say tonight is through a lens of implementation,” said John Manzoni as he began his keynote address on civil service reform at the Institute for Government. It’s central to how he sees his role as chief executive and a perspective “that is the only value that someone like me can bring to...

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Clarify election guidelines before May 2015

, 4 February 2015

With uncertainty about the outcome of the general election, IfG Director Peter Riddell backs the call from the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee to “clarify the rules of the game” before May 2015.

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