Public Policy

Can Localism and Local Government be Core for a Labour Government?

John Tizard | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Labour has an opportunity to build on the localist successes of the last Labour Government whilst avoiding some its tendency to adopt over proscriptive and unnecessary centralist controls and targets.

Why Do We Keep Letting Politicians Fudge the Numbers So Badly?

Justin Cash | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK Politics
Justin Cash

In times of crisis, the need for clear information is more important than ever. Crunching the numbers in a transparent way is one of the best methods of public policy formation available to us, and data concerning jobs and growth has informed many reasonable economic arguments in recent years.

Ned Simons

Cabinet Secretary Admits Ministers 'Don't Make Much Difference'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics

Ministers do not make any impact on policy and are reshuffled for purely cosmetic reasons, the country’s top civil servant has admitted. Sir Jere...

On High Tech Lobbying

John Carr | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Tech
John Carr

Lobbyists are like lawyers. Normally in return for coin of the realm they put forward their client's case for or against a particular proposition. Thus lobbyists undoubtedly can help to improve the democratic process and this should lead to better decision-making all round.

Ideas for Christmas

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 22.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jeffrey Gedmin

Mulling my breakfast with Peter Ackerman, and with New Year's resolutions just around the corner, here are three tips for anyone thinking about plotting a future in the ideas business.

Cuts and Unfairness: Charities and the Voluntary and Community Sector Have to Speak Up

John Tizard | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The voluntary and community sector has always championed the rights and needs of the disadvantaged; fought for equality; and stood up for social justice. Now is the time to advocate these aims as never before. Cuts and many other government policies are taking the country in the opposite direction. Charities cannot ignore this.

Which are the World's Top Countries for Higher Education?

Professor Ross Williams | Posted 11.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Ross Williams

While there are any number of well-regarded global rankings of universities and colleges, these don't reveal anything about national systems, the environment which different countries provide for education, for the institutions and students themselves.

Open Public Services - Open Accountability

John Tizard | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Politics
John Tizard

There can be no excuse for delay in introducing bold reform to ensure the accountability of all public service provision.

No 'More for Less" - The Public Sector Needs to take a More Radical Course

John Tizard | Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Politics
John Tizard

In 2012 let's resolve to ban the phrase 'more for less' when talking about the future of public services.

Want To Make Britain Happy? Appoint A Niggle Tsar

Mark Fletcher-Brown | Posted 19.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Fletcher-Brown

When John Lennon said that life was what happened when you were busy making other plans, he was being wildly optimistic. Life, all too often, seems to be governed by the day-to-day texture of niggles, anxieties and minor worries.

Defining Competitive Advantage

Peter Ingram | Posted 04.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Peter Ingram

As most British universities recommence for the next academic year, many fledgling learners will be starting on these courses as the last cohort of students to go through university without the up to £9000 debt annually.