Two weeks ago, David Cameron set out his vision for public service reform in the Open Public Services White Paper. Let’s see how the language of the paper compares to previous white papers from Tony Blair (2006) and Gordon Brown (2008).
Such things can be over-interpreted – but they are certainly interesting. Here are just three things that are striking to us:
- ‘Government’ appears less prominently in 2011
- ‘Providers’ get plenty of mentions in this week’s paper – and there are far fewer mentions of ‘professions’, which featured prominently in Gordon Brown’s 2008 vision
- Terms like ‘delivery’, ‘strategy’ and ‘performance’ have all but died out
Feel free to comment with your own observations!