The government’s tendency to dole out small amounts of money to local areas is no substitute for getting a grip on how those areas are impacted by public spending as a whole, writes Martin Wheatley.
The government has a chequered record on outsourcing, but Tom Sasse argues that bringing services back into government hands by default risks throwing away the successes.
Legislation designed to provide stability is now contributing to confusion about how the Commons determines when it has confidence in a government, says Dr Catherine Haddon.
The latest set of interviews for the Institute’s Ministers Reflect programme reveal how little real support new ministers receive when starting their difficult jobs, says Tim Durrant.
While failing to nominate a UK commissioner would not terminate UK membership of the EU, Georgina Wright says the decision would mean surrendering a useful source of influence and intelligence.
It is now 39 months since the referendum result, but Jill Rutter says it is becoming even less clear how the Brexit story ends.
If it respects the rule of law, the government should not be flirting with the idea of an ugly fight with the courts to get around legislation to stop no deal, argues Raphael Hogarth.
An early general election would cause massive problems for no-deal preparations, argues Joe Owen.
With more people than ever before tuning in to watch events unfold in the Palace of Westminster, Joe Marshall asks whether the fireworks on display risk giving a distorted impression of parliamentary effectiveness.
With Brexit leaving plans for a serious three-year spending review in tatters, Martin Wheatley is encouraged to see the Treasury still showing some focus on how best to spend public money.