Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Buckingham, set out his top tips for every occupant of Downing Street at a recent Institute for Government event. Akash Paun explains Seldon’s assertion that by focusing on the negative, we fail to learn from when prime ministers get it right.
Immigration, gender, Brexit, Trump, and the inevitability of an Australian republic – these were just a handful of the issues explored in last week’s event with former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Chris Wajzer says politicians of both genders have much to learn from her.
Before the election, the IfG published advice on how a new administration (of whatever colour) could ensure it was effective. After 100 days unencumbered by coalition, Tom Gash looks for signs that the Cameron government has set off on the right foot, and wonders what risks lie ahead.
Last week The Institute for Government and the Health Foundation brought Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, together with three of his predecessors to discuss the “toughest job in government”. IfG Senior Fellow Nicholas Timmins asked the questions, drawing on his new book Glaziers & Window Breakers: the role of the Secretary of State for Health published by the Health Foundation.
Being a politician is hard work, but becoming a minister and getting to grips with Whitehall is a whole other challenge. Yet there is remarkably little support and advice in place to help them manage this transition.