Tag Archives: Control

From binary black and white to varied and multi-coloured

    I haven’t posted anything yet about the death of Baroness Thatcher because there has been so much coverage and so much said that I didn’t feel I had anything to add. It – hopefully – goes without saying … Continue reading

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How’s the Big Society doing?

Two and a half years on from that ‘Invitation to Join the Government of Britain’, where is the Big Society? The centrepiece of the Conservatives 2010 Manifesto was the Big Society. Except it wasn’t. It was the centrepiece of the … Continue reading

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Data: choice and control or control and uniformity?

This evening I went to Policy Exchange’s launch of The Big Data Opportunity. The video will be online soon, and there were some useful ideas in the report and in the speeches and questions. But as so often, it brings … Continue reading

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Delivering and explaining: why voters need to both see and hear politicians’ promises delivered

Last week, Hugo Rifkind wrote a great article (as usual) in the Times entitled “Stand up, Tories, and embrace your poshness”  His point was, people come from the background they come from and there’s not much they can (or should) … Continue reading

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I have the right to choose. So I should also have the right to choose where I get my information from

Many years ago, and very randomly, I took part in a focus group about abortion. I was never terribly sure on what grounds we participants had been selected – we varied in age from late teens to sixties, and in … Continue reading

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