Memo To New Minister For Civil Society

John Tizard | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The Prime Minister has appointed John Glen as the new Minister for Civil Society. This a very important role though it has not always had the recognition nor political clout it should have. One hopes that this will change under Mr. Glen's tenure.

Voters Back Tougher Press Regulation - So Will Theresa May Back The People?

Professor Steven Barnett | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Politics
Professor Steven Barnett

Why would the government launch a public consultation on legislation that Parliament has already passed by an overwhelming majority? Might they be worried that voters are suddenly enraged or alarmed by some terrible injustice? Are they beset by fears of some kind of popular uprising?

DCMS' Review Of Full Time Social Action Is Very Welcome - But Long Overdue

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Politics
Sophie Livingstone

Last week the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced an independent Review into full-time social action. It's a great development, and one ...

The UK Government's Digital Strategy is Vital to Technology in Britain

Edward Lowe | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Tech
Edward Lowe

The government needs to not rest on its laurels of the previous Digital strategy, but continue to strive to support the Digital industries in every way possible. The Digital Strategy will be an important document in setting these priorities. I urge all companies and public bodies to contribute their ideas to this plan to produce a more cohesive and meaningful strategy.

The Government Finally Has a Strategy for Sport - But They Are Setting Themselves Up to Fail

Michael Dugher | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

You might have missed it, but this week the Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch, published a strategy for sport on behalf of the Government. That's right - up to now they hadn't got one. But unlike many of her predecessors before last May, Tracey is a sharp cookie and thought it might be a good idea to have one.

New Government Sport Strategy Has Potential to Get the Nation More Active

Jane Ashworth | Posted 17.12.2016 | UK Sport
Jane Ashworth

Today sees the launch of the first sports strategy for England in 13 years, it promises to focus energy and resources in new ways to get more people a...

A Truly Civilised Nation Opens New Libraries.... It Doesn't Close the Ones It Has!

Mathew Hulbert | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Mathew Hulbert

I love libraries. I always have. They are universities for the masses. Seats of learning with no tuition fees. Places where whole new worlds are o...

The Government Just Accidentally Revealed Channel 4 Could Be Privatised

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK

Ministers have been accused of plotting to privatise Channel 4, after a photographer appeared to catch someone walking into Downing Street clutching d...

Government Issues Emergency Poohsticks Advice, Swiftly Backtracks

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Comedy

The Department for Culture, Media and Sports issued a series of tweets advising the public on how to play poohsticks safely on Thursday, but deleted t...

Five Tech Priorities for the New UK Government

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Although the future of the BBC is likely to be the most high profile part of John Whittingdale's portfolio; technology - as a job enabler and creator - will no doubt also be a key priority. Here's my take on the top five tech issues likely to be sitting in the ministerial red box

For the Future of Women's Sport, We Need Collaboration

Ruth Holdaway | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Sport
Ruth Holdaway

If I get my job right, one day the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation won't need to exist, because we'll have achieved full gender equity for the sector. That day isn't here yet, but we're working towards it and the partnerships and collaborations we form will help us get there.

DCMS Twitter Account Hacked With Taunting Messages To Maria Miller

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics

Humiliating messages taunting Maria Miller for her rogue expense claims were posted on her Department's official Twitter account, saying the Conservat...

Following in His Mother's Footsteps?

Juliet Bernard | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Juliet Bernard

I have been thinking a lot recently about how and why I am so passionate about the crafts industry. A student in 3D design contacted me only last week looking for information. He was writing an essay on whether 'Craft is anachronism in the 21st Century' - wow! I could write reams and reams both for and against...

Don't Make UK Cinemas a Victim of 'Small Government' Ideology

Phil Clapp | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Phil Clapp

Keen followers of the cinema and film industry amongst you may know that the government is considering plans to change the way in which cinemas are licensed. While this might seem a trivial issue, anyone who cares about the cinema-going experience should take note.

Women Must Be at the Heart of Our Efforts to Create Employment and Grow Our Economy

Maria Miller | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Politics
Maria Miller

I have been part of many debates on gender diversity in corporate boardrooms. Although there is a long road ahead, one small step in the right direction is that the issue is now more firmly fixed in the minds of shareholders, employers and employees. And I hope events like last week will be a catalyst for greater interest and awareness of our public boards and equal appointments to them. It's a promising start that number of women taking up public appointments is increasing across Whitehall.

'Cut The Wire'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK

Max Mosley, the former Formula One Boss turned privacy campaigner following a News of the Word sting, has told MPs he supports "cutting the wires" to ...

Library Matters: if it's not Broke Don't Fix It

Hilary Robinson | Posted 08.12.2012 | Home
Hilary Robinson

The jury may still be out on the future of ebooks v tree books and the world of publishing is facing its biggest challenges ever but the government has now waded in on whether to transfer the administration of the annual lifeline for many writers, the PLR cheque, to another body - and, as I write, we are awaiting the verdict.

Chris Wimpress

ResHUFFle: Taxi For Hunt, And His Department?

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Wimpress | Posted 09.08.2012 | UK Politics

As well as reshuffling his Cabinet in September it could be that David Cameron decides to close a few government departments, merging their functions ...

Former NI Boss Slams Commons Hacking Report

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK

Former News International boss Les Hinton has hit back at a report by MPs on the phone-hacking scandal, accusing them of "misreading" evidence. The...

Hacking Report - What Did Twitter Think?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Politics

This morning the Culture, Media and Sport committee finally released their report into News International and phone-hacking. It already made waves...

Jeremy Hunt Will Not Face Immediate Inquiry, Says David Cameron

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress & Asa Bennett | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron has insisted that he will take no action against Jeremy Hunt until the culture secretary has appeared before the Leveson inquiry into pr...

Labour Claim Culture Secretary Misled Parliament

PA | Posted 28.06.2012 | UK Politics

Embattled Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been accused of misleading Parliament over his handling of News Corporation's BSkyB takeover bid. Mr Hu...

Jeremy Hunt: This Is Not The Time To Jump On The Political Bandwagon

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK

The Culture Secretary faced the House of Commons on Wednesday to defend his conduct during News Corporation's takeover bid for BSkyB, rejecting calls...

Jeremy Hunt: This Is Not The Time To Jump On The Political Bandwagon

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK Politics

The Culture Secretary faced the House of Commons on Wednesday to defend his conduct during News Corporation's takeover bid for BSkyB, rejecting calls ...

Comedian Has No Plans For Second Murdoch Stunt

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2012 | UK

The comedian who threw a foam pie at Rupert Murdoch has no regrets about the stunt - but will not try anything similar when the billionaire appears at...