Posts tagged with ‘ Political leaders ’

I didn’t predict a riot

, 10 August 2011

The riots that began in London, and have now spread to other cities, represent the first big domestic crisis that this Government has faced. When they get a chance, senior politicians will want to sit back and reflect on how their reactions held up. In previous work on the lessons from past crises, we...

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Who is fit and proper?

, 14 July 2011

The headline grabber inevitably centres around the Prime Minister’s judgement. There are however other important issues which this has highlighted. These are about the processes for senior ‘political’ appointments which come within the purview of Prime Ministers but which involve people who work at the heart of government. The current system is pretty opaque....

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Supporting the Prime Minister

, 1 July 2011

The Institute’s new working paper, Supporting Heads of Government, compares the support the UK Prime Minister receives with five other countries and highlights some key differences, especially in the type and amount of advice he receives on policies. The debate in the UK is typically characterised by a very negative attitude towards increasing the...

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For how long should ministers be in place?

, 25 May 2011

A near universal complaint of former and current ministers and civil servants interviewed for the Institute’s new report The Challenge of Being a Minister is about the damaging effects of over-frequent reshuffles on the quality of government.

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Shifting the blame

, 8 March 2011

John Reid had a go when he described the Home Office as “not fit for purpose”. Last week the Cabinet Secretary revealed that he had had to write to the Prime Minister asking him to rein in special advisors after personal attacks on a public official. And yesterday the Prime Minister himself was at...

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99 and not out

, 4 March 2011

Leeds has more councillors over the age of 80 than under the age of 35. Not that it is short of councillors.  It has 99 in all, only one member fewer than the Senate of the United States.

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An elected mayor for Newcastle United?

, 28 February 2011

Of all the cities I have visited so far, Newcastle is the least enthusiastic about reforming its system of government. Labour and the Lib Dems dominate the city council and I could not identify a single councillor or MP from either party in favour of the mayoral proposition.

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Would an elected mayor change Birmingham and Coventry for the better?

, 31 January 2011

A million people, an annual budget of £4bn – yet an unemployment rate of 10 per cent and among the highest concentrations of poverty in the country.

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Bristol’s answer to Boris Johnson?

, 6 January 2011

Bristol City Council has had seven changes of leader in eight years.  Yet another change of leader could be in the offing after next May’s elections.

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A suitable job for a woman

, 21 December 2010

We are coming near to the end of the Permanent Secretary musical chairs which started in the summer.

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