When a government embarks upon a programme of rapid and radical change whilst transforming its approach to the use of public finances, the case for strong independent scrutiny becomes much more important.
There is always a need for balance between the right of an elected government to get its business through and effective scrutiny. Yesterday the Speaker of the House of Commons set out an achievable agenda for change around Balfour’s principle that "democracy is government by explanation".
The lessons from New Zealand's mixed member proportional (MMP) representation system in terms of the UK's proposed Alternative Vote are varied. But there is much about the country's experience that the UK could reflect upon.
Following PASC's report on the government's 'bonfire of the quangos', the focus must now be on managing the transition or demise of affected arm's length bodies – with the interests of the public in mind.
I am visiting each of the 12 largest provincial English cities proposed to have elected mayors. Yesterday I visited Bristol, which has seen seven council leaders in eight years. Does the city want its own Boris?
The new permanent secretary appointments mark two shifts – a significant increase in the number of women, now in control of bigger budgets, and a reinforcement of local government as an alternative route to the top.