Arm’s-length bodies exist to limit the politics in regulation and public services. But Susanna Smith, from the Public Chairs’ Forum (PCF) and Association of Chief Executives (ACE), shows how this can create tension between the people who run these bodies and the people who run the country.
Today the Institute for Government publishes a new Ministers Reflect interview with Lord (Jim) O’Neill. Dr Jo Casebourne looks at what he has to say about his experience as ‘the guy that was driving the Northern Powerhouse’ from his time as Commercial Secretary to the Treasury in 2015-16.
In recent months, tensions between the Government and the judiciary have ramped up on both sides of the pond. Nicola Hughes looks at the relationship between ministers and the legal world, based on our Ministers Reflect interviews.
One by-product of the EU referendum was the end of the Cameron administration – and a big government shake-up. Our latest Ministers Reflect interviews capture the thoughts of those who have left the frontbenches as a result. Nicola Hughes gives us the highlights.
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.