20 things about delivery from Michael Barber (and 3 stories about a neglected American President) you really need to know

, 20 March 2015

Yes, we’ve gone a bit Buzzfeed. As Barber himself did in the Independent on Sunday. It was ‘not exactly a launch’ – that happened at the LSE earlier this week – but rather ‘further discussion’ about the book, according to Peter Riddell. But the clear, succinct lessons Barber outlined about delivery or implementation of...

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Rollercoaster or not, arguing over spending cuts is a pointless task

, 19 March 2015

After crunching the Treasury’s numbers the Office for Budget Responsibility claimed that the Chancellor’s plan would lead to a ‘rollercoaster profile’ of public spending, with drastic cuts in the next two years allowing for a splurge in spend the year after. The squeeze on departmental budgets, the OBR warned, will be ‘much more severe...

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No need to be scared of minority government; just think positive

, 19 March 2015

The UK has just about got used to the idea of coalition – but this unpredictable election may make even a formal coalition non-viable. Catherine Haddon hears veterans of minority government argue the case for this much-maligned alternative.

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Might Cameron shut Parliament early?

, 17 March 2015

As the first fixed-term parliament draws to a close, Hannah White asks whether the Prime Minister might exercise the small degree of discretion left to him by the Fixed-Term Parliament Act and call an early halt to business in Parliament

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Mayors at a gallop: the national influence of local leaders

, 17 March 2015

Elected in 2011 and 2012 respectively, George Ferguson (Bristol) and Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester) have been working hard to show what mayors can do for our cities. At a recent event hosted at the Institute for Government, Tom Gash heard them raise two questions that any government after May 2015 will have to answer....

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Raging against the machine: how prime ministers can deal with the frustration of not getting things done

, 13 March 2015

In an interview with the FT today, David Cameron complains about the “buggeration factor” of trying to “force policy through the system, with its consultations and reviews”. Earlier in the week, Lord Falconer set out Labour’s plans to avoid such frustration, if it wins office, by creating more powerful support around the PM. Both...

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