Conservative MP Nick Boles told an Institute for Government audience on Monday about travelling to the US in 2008 during the early stages of the preparations for the 2010 General Election. Meeting with senior Democrats overseeing the transition, he found that they had around 500 people working on various aspects of Obama's preparation for government. At around the same time, the Conservatives had seven.
The social investment industry is in the middle of a fascinating debate about the implications of social finance for the sector. Adrian Brown argues that there are important lessons for everyone involved.
I am delighted to be succeeding Andrew Adonis who has done so much to strengthen the Institute and to broaden its range of activities. He will continue to be involved with a number of projects, notably the work on elected mayors where he has played such a leading role. Thanks to him, I will be taking over a healthy and vibrant organisation with increasing influence on government.
The Public Accounts Committee hearing on the continuing problems in the Rural Payments Agency, the body charged with making CAP payments to farmers, marked a significant step forward on holding the civil service to account for their actions.
On Monday junior climate change Minister Greg Barker was summoned to the House to answer a topical question on the government's proposed changes to "feed-in tariffs" for solar PV. This episode tells us a lot on how we approach policy making.