03 November 2011

The Children in Care and Adoption league tables serve as a reminder of how hard it is for departments to relinquish their line of oversight over local services.

01 November 2011

A sharp clash between the Commons Public Administration Committee and the Government underlines the need for a review of ministerial numbers and functions - to match the sweeping changes now happening in Whitehall.

27 October 2011

The Scottish people will soon be given the chance to vote on withdrawal from the United Kingdom. The plan is to hold a multi-option referendum, not a straight yes/no choice. How will this work?

24 October 2011

After the damning Care Quality Commission report into NHS care of the elderly, I should probably just be glad that my mother emerged alive from her recent brush with the local hospital. But, since we are supposed to live in the era of what has been called "tripadvisor" government, I decided to try to give some feedback on her experience with the NHS. It's not as easy as it should be.

18 October 2011

The Secretary of State for Wales recently announced the membership and remit of the independent Commission on Devolution in Wales. This is the latest in a string of moves that could radically transform the nature of the UK devolution settlement, and in particular the centralised nature of the country's fiscal constitution.

18 October 2011

The coalition came to power pledging to cut the number of special advisers, but now employs more "SpAds" than did the last Labour government. What explains this u-turn?

11 October 2011

The French Socialist Party's primary election represents a novel experiment in democratic participation. British political parties could learn a number of lessons from this experience.

11 October 2011

With the announcement of Sir Gus O’Donnell’s resignation as Cabinet Secretary, the role is now to be split from that of Head of the Civil Service for the first time in nearly 30 years. Dr Catherine Haddon examines the issues such a change might raise.

10 October 2011

Governments are too defensive about the media. They overstate the influence of newspapers and should be both more open and more robust in their dealings with them.

07 October 2011

The massive outpouring of geek-grief over the untimely death of Appleman Steve Jobs highlights some distinctive traits which resonate with what we need from our political leaders.

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