Public Service

Disarming Our Culture: Why the Science Museum Must End Its Support for the Arms Trade

Andrew Smith | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

The Science Museum in London is among the most popular tourist attractions in the country, but on Monday 14 July it will be opening its doors to some of the biggest arms companies and most oppressive regimes in the world.

A Chance to Escape

Iain Hasdell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Iain Hasdell

The NHS is consistently excellent in some of what it does. Overall, as the Commonwealth Fund International Ranking testifies, it performs very well if compared to equivalent services overseas. But, there are huge unjustified regional variations in the effectiveness of the NHS within the UK in services such as the treatment of diabetes.

Public Services We Can Believe In

Dan Gregory | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Gregory

The taxpayer it seems, doesn't actually like privatisation very much. Successive governments have often been to the right of the taxpayer, outsourcing regardless of a public mandate, not least in the NHS.

Why We Need Woman vs The State (UK)

Sarah Cheverton | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics
Sarah Cheverton

As news spreads of how huge outsourcing companies like G4S are failing to deliver on public service contracts, a new project aims to tell the human story behind the headlines. In the last few weeks, accounts of the outsourcing giant G4S' flailing track record to deliver on public service contracts have been exploding across our newspapers, blogs and screens.

Is Teaching Public Service in School the Answer to Fixing 'Broken Britain'?

John Walmsley | Posted 22.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
John Walmsley

Ever since the riots blazed across UK streets and TV sets worldwide last year, debate has raged on the catalyst that sparked an estimated 15,000 individuals to become one angry mob. Around 70% of the London 2011 rioters were under the age of 24 so identifying a root cause could well help stop these scenes happening again.

Is Bland Careerism Killing Politics?

Mags Waterhouse | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK Politics
Mags Waterhouse

Labour lost 16 million votes in the 2010 general election. There are local elections in just under one month's time. This is Labour's opportunity to show people that we are on their side, that we share their struggles and their fears. Too many people feel ignored by the political class.

Sky's March of Destiny

Sri Sritharan | Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Sri Sritharan

For Bart Simpson read Christina Hendricks; for Graham Gooch, Lewis Hamilton. Sky's halcyon days of the nineties are back like the ghost of a svelte Richard Keys. We're about to see if the March of 2012 buys them another twenty years to finally usurp all in British broadcasting.

Why Can't Companies Have 'Social' as Well as 'Limited' Liability?

Hugh Salmon | Posted 05.05.2012 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

In today's free market economy, there has to be a role of government whereby the principles of competition and improved customer delivery, particularly in the public services, are defined and refined for the greater good of society as a whole - and that part-owned private companies can be structured to be liable to perform to this greater good.

Public Finances: It's A Bitter Pill - But What Does It Look Like?

Mark Fletcher-Brown | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK
Mark Fletcher-Brown

Like most people who listen to Today every morning, who read the Guardian, who love Robert Peston and who subscribe to The Economist, I have a reasonable feel for the problems with world debt.

The BBC Should Think Again Before Meddling With BBC4

David Skelton | Posted 17.10.2011 | UK
David Skelton

The report suggests that the BBC is keen to preserve BBC3 instead of BBC4. The channel is home of such anti public service programmes as the repellent "Geordie Finishing School For Girls" , as well as "Fast Food Baby" and "Underage and Pregnant".