Sir Simon Fraser, former Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, was the latest speaker in our Brexit events series. Joe Owen says Fraser offers unique insight into how Brexit will be managed by civil servants working in both London and Brussels.
Collective cabinet responsibility will be set aside for the second time in a year, this time over Heathrow. Dr Catherine Haddon says this tactic is highly unusual and something Theresa May could come to regret.
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.
The Government has finally published the latest list of cabinet committees, where a lot of the real business of government is done. Adam Boon and Rob Adam find that there are fewer committees under May than Cameron, and that Business Secretary Greg Clark sits on more of them than anyone else. Click on the images to enlarge.
After hinting that the UK was set to have new runways announced in Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham, the final decision on where to build new airport capacity is delayed by another year. Emma Norris says this underlines the huge problem politics poses for infrastructure decision making.
The Government finally published the evaluation of David Cameron’s flagship Troubled Families programme. It has generated the expected headlines about waste. Jill Rutter argues that ministers need to take the right lessons from this experience – but there is a risk that they will take the wrong ones.
The Department for Energy & Climate Change’s (DECC) failure to manage the uncertain costs of low-carbon electricity subsidies could lead to an overspend of nearly £1bn. Oliver Ilott sets out the wider lessons for government.