New research shows that many government departments and the public bodies they oversee are not working efficiently together. Susanna Smith says the Cabinet Office's blueprint for joint working cannot have impact if leaders of public bodies don’t know about it.
Many forecasts of the consequences of a no deal Brexit have concentrated on the longer-term ‘big picture’. Gemma Tetlow applauds the IMF for pointing out how disruptive it could be in the short term unless softened by a number of side deals.
Wales’s First Minister Carwyn Jones says Brexit could strain the Union of the UK to breaking point if Westminster does not change its approach to devolution. Akash Paun agrees and calls for bolder thinking about the constitution.
The Renewable Heat Incentive inquiry resumed last week after a two-month summer break and is back to grilling senior politicians. James Taylor says the investigators’ recommendations must look beyond the culpability of individuals and propose specific measures to ensure such scandals can’t be repeated.
Boundary Commissions proposals would reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600. Some fear this would decrease challenge to government from its own backbenches by increasing the proportion of MPs subject to government patronage. But, says Hannah White, the debate is stymied: it is hard even to find out the true size of the 'payroll' vote.