22 July 2011

The most distinctive and internationally famous feature of British politics and Parliament is Prime Minister’s questions which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. The raucousness, noise, and adversarial point-scoring have often been deplored, not least by successive Speakers of the Commons. It is inconceivable, however, that it could ever cease.

19 July 2011

Professor Robert Hazell on why Nick Clegg could find himself the fall-guy on constitutional reform

14 July 2011

As the scandal surrounding News International unfolds on a daily if not hourly basis, one issue which the Opposition and the media are likely to continue to press is the appointment of Andy Coulson to the Director of Communications role at No.10.

13 July 2011

The joint committee on Lords reform has been welcomed but is it flawed?

12 July 2011

John Major nowadays rarely ventures into public debate.  But in a Ditchley Foundation lecture delivered to a large part of the political and civil service establishment on Saturday, he set out not one but two bold ideas for today’s politicians to ponder.

12 July 2011

The Government’s ambitious public services White Paper contains little that’s entirely new – but could this actually be its main strength?

12 July 2011

“This is the new era of open government”. These words were not spoken yesterday by David Cameron at the launch of the Open Public Services White Paper, but by Jim Hacker MP, the fictional Minister of Administrative Affairs, in the first episode of Yes Prime Minister in 1980.

08 July 2011

There has been much speculation about the forthcoming Open Public Services White Paper. Will it ever be published? How radical and useful will it be? Will it be a post-event rationalisation of existing reforms or a will it set the direction for future public service reforms?

07 July 2011

Relief for Miliband as his plans to appoint shadow ministers get the nod but there are tough decisions ahead for the Labour leader.

01 July 2011

Comparing Number 10 to the support prime ministers receive in other countries shows that the debate about the Centre in the UK needs to turned on its head, focusing on effectiveness not size.