Community Budget pilots present an opportunity to demonstrate the much heralded decentralisation agenda in action. To do so, pilot areas and central government will need to be brave and truly experiment with new ways of working.
On the day Nemat Shafik hands in her keys to the top office at the Department for International Development, it is interesting to reflect on the massive change at the top Whitehall has undergone since the election. What are striking are both the degree of change and the lack of prior departmental experience of those appointed.
Does anyone realistically think that those in the FCO and MOD who are working on North Africa are working that bit harder because they might get a bonus at the end of it? It just doesn’t work like that.
The Treasury's decision to pre-brief most of the good news in the Budget finally explodes the myth of the need for special rules for Budget making. We might all benefit from a more open approach to making tax policy.
Last night, MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of military action in Libya. Ever since the Iraq war there has been a long running debate about how and when MPs should be involved in approving the commitment of armed forces.