The Chilcot inquiry critics should be careful what they wish for

, 2 June 2014

The response to last week’s agreement between the Chilcot inquiry and the Cabinet Office over the disclosure of material on the Iraq war has been one-sided and ill-informed.


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Engaging with engagement – part 1

, 21 May 2014

The Hansard Society’s Audit of Political Engagement is one of our most valuable sources on public attitudes towards politics. This year’s Audit, published at the end of April, is full of interesting findings, from 49% of people being certain to vote in a General Election tomorrow (up from 41% last year but still the...

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Does the new government communications plan cross the line?

, 16 May 2014

A government communicator’s job is to promote the government’s messages, but are they crossing into political campaigning with the new communications plan 2014-15? Some think so – but why?

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101 uses for a zombie Parliament

, 14 May 2014

There are complaints that we face a “thin” Queen’s speech and that the next Parliament will not have much legislating to do. Good. As the Good Law project has shown we have far too much bad legislation – and year five of the last government saw some really bad political gesture legislation.

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Public bodies looking to the future

, 9 May 2014

First, a warning from Sir Bob Kerslake – keep focused on delivering for the current government rather than simply prepare for the next. In 2009 many quangos did themselves no favours by too obviously courting potential new ministers. Our new report on pre-election contacts recommends that permanent secretaries work out how to include their...

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One Service, Two Guv’nors: How Whitehall serves the Coalition in the final year

, 6 May 2014

Today the UK’s first postwar coalition government enters its fifth year in office with every expectation of reaching the end of the fixed parliamentary term. This is an achievement in itself – there were many who doubted the Coalition’s viability and longevity at its inception. But how will the Coalition work in its final...

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