12 April 2011

No single party is likely to win a majority in the Scottish election on 5 May, and the same may happen in Wales. So who might be willing to form a government with whom?

11 April 2011

Why the bizarre 'purdah'-busting announcement of an announcement on restricting local authority discretion on waste suggests the government does not get its own localist agenda.

06 April 2011

Government pronouncements on how they will ensure progress on social mobility and sustainability reveal mixed up thinking at the heart of government on how to achieve outcomes.

01 April 2011

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.

01 April 2011

Today marks the start of the government's financial year, and with it the point when our fiscal squeeze gets real. It is easy to forget just how large the challenge we have set ourselves is.

31 March 2011

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.

28 March 2011

Support for the two knights - Manchester city council's dynamic partnership of Sir Richard Leese and Sir Howard Bernstein - means Mancunians see little to gain from an elected mayor.

24 March 2011

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.

23 March 2011

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.

22 March 2011

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.