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Why Politicians Need to Get Tech-Savvy, or Get Left Behind

Tim Farron | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

There is a very real risk that policymakers ignore the tech sector because they don't understand it or because they are scared of not looking like an expert. I think this blind spot is also linked to overly managerial politic: politics that responds more to polls than to fresh opportunities, that listens to focus groups in order to invent new ways of saying the same thing, rather than engaging dynamically with the new innovations emerging.

Gove Pledges To Punish Parents Whose Children Don't Respect Teachers

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics

Parents will face punishments for failing to ensure their children turn up to school "ready to learn and showing respect for their teacher", Michael G...

Ethnic Minorities 'Could Be Nearly Third Of Population By 2050'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK

People from ethnic minorities will make up almost a third of the UK population by 2050, according to a new report by a prominent think tank. In 'A ...

Can the UK Public Sector Become Better, Faster, Stronger?

Simon Dennis | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Tech
Simon Dennis

When it's claimed that the UK government could be wasting money that's equivalent to current spending on state pensions - and considerably more than what's spent by the Department for Education - you know that action is needed.

Do Women Get A Rougher Deal When They Commit Crime?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK

Women find themselves demonised by society for committing a crime, to a far greater extent than men, according to Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of former m...

'Misleading And Inaccurate'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A think tank has been accused of putting forward "misleading and inaccurate myths" after publishing a report saying that almost one in four single-par...

Policy Exchange Is Wrong: Human Rights Will Not Destroy Our Military Capability

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

To exempt the military is to suggest that the Second Estate somehow has a special status. This was the case in the past, when rulers could declare a state of war to enforce repressive policies. But society has advanced. When it comes to the rule of law, no one is special.

How Drunk Tanks - Or Sobering Centres - Could Help the Police and Our NHS

Charlotte McLeod | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Charlotte McLeod

The drain on our NHS resources for dealing with inebriated people exceeds £2.7billion every year. Why should our doctors and nurses have to deal with aggressive or paralytic drunks night after night, when their skills should be utilized for patients who genuinely need their care? Why should our police have to undertake double shifts to watch over drunks for 24 hours in a cell?

Policy Exchange: Is Community Workfare Fair?

Stef Benstead | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

Public belief is at times widely disparate from reality. An Ipsos Mori poll showed this some months back by asking people to answer a selection of questions. The results showed a large gap between what the public thinks is true and what is true.

'Commute For The Dole'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK

Unemployed people should be made to commute for up to 90 minutes - just to sign on, according to David Cameron's favourite think tank. The Policy E...

Present-Day Skills for a Successful Future

Dessislava Bell | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK
Dessislava Bell

The reality today is that women with career and family ambitions need to be as disciplined as or even more so than male counterparts.

Better Public Services Require More Imagination Than Another Call for More Outsourcing

John Tizard | Posted 27.06.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

We do need better public services - of that there is no doubt. However, I am not convinced that many of the prescriptions in "Better Public Services" will deliver them.

The Boundary Changes Were a Crutch for the Tories - Now They HAVE To Broaden Their Appeal

David Skelton | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Politics
David Skelton

In the minds of some Tories, the boundary changes may have been a substitute for making the tough choices necessary to reach out to voters still sceptical of the Tory brand.

Invasion of the Silver Sidekicks: Communicating With the Senior Citizen

Simon Dennis | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Dennis

Whether it's shopping, working or paying bills, our daily lives are increasingly taking place online. Yet as things go digital, there's a risk that older people in Britain, like my dear mother, may get left behind.

What Can Tesco's Terry Teach the Government?

Thomas Morris | Posted 17.12.2012 | UK Politics
Thomas Morris

In short, Leahy sees that the public's view of what they actually want from their government is more often ignored than not. And while some of the best private companies embrace the service ethos of the public sector, the efficiency of the former is rarely taken up by the latter.

If We Want Growth, We Can’t Give Up On Public Sector Pay Reform

Ed Holmes | Posted 04.11.2012 | UK Politics
Ed Holmes

The government's desire to see more locally-facing pay in the public sector has run into difficulties. Trade unions, MPs and the wider public have raised doubts about the idea -notably, that it would suck public money and demand out of struggling regions.

Change Your Mind: Should We Sell Off Expensive Council Houses?

Posted 21.08.2012 | UK

A right-wing think tank has suggested councils should sell off expensive houses to fund new building developments. Policy Exchange, an influential ...

Selling Off Social Housing Doesn't Make Sense

Karen Buck | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK Politics
Karen Buck

Doesn't it make sense, with 4.5 million people in housing need, to boost supply? Surely those in need and on low incomes should not expect to be housed centrally anyway (the myth-makers like to refer to 'Mayfair' or 'near Harrods' as if these neighbourhoods of the global mega-rich are stuffed with council estates). Well, no, it doesn't make sense. Because behind the beguiling simplicity of the idea lie some complex realities, and as an MP for North Westminster, and previously for the much-cited example of Notting Hill, I have some knowledge of these.

Social Cleansing Or Getting Britain Building?

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK

A right-wing think tank has been accused of pushing for the poor to be driven out of wealthy areas after suggesting councils should sell off expensive...

Scottish Politics: Nations are not Built on Balance Sheets

Neil Simpson | Posted 17.06.2012 | UK Politics
Neil Simpson

The debate around Scottish independence is one which the Scottish Nationalists have of late, like it or not, done an excellent job of defining, driving and dominating.

Police Pensions 'Unaffordable'

PA | Posted 29.04.2012 | UK Politics

Police pensions are becoming "unaffordable for taxpayers" with contributions doubling to almost £2bn, a report claims. Taxpayers are picking up ab...

Companies Should Run Schools On 'John Lewis Model' Says Policy Exchange

PA | Posted 22.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Private companies should be encouraged to take over and run state schools as profit making enterprises under a "John Lewis-style" business model, a th...

Fostering System Is 'Failing Thousands Of Children', Claims Report

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2012 | UK Politics

The fostering system is failing thousands of vulnerable children who end up in jail and lacking basic qualifications, a report has warned. The numb...

Having A Haircut Is Not Jobseeking, Says Think Tank

PA | Posted 29.11.2011 | UK

Slack rules that allow the unemployed to count haircuts as job hunting must be toughened, a leading think tank has said.  Instead p...

Think Tank: Police Travelling To Work Should Wear Uniform

Huffington Post UK | Olivia Williams | Posted 05.11.2011 | UK

Police officers should be required to wear their uniforms while commuting in to work, a think-tank has suggested. Increasing the visibility of poli...