Tag Archives: Public Service Reform

What is Conservative?

There are many bleats and whinges (particularly in the comments below our posts on this blog) about us and indeed the government ‘not being proper Conservatives’. I am enormously bored of taking this discussion back to first principles so start … Continue reading

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Be brave: MPs should fight for their constituents’ health, not just a building

This morning, Sue Cameron wrote in the Telegraph that she did not believe that Sir David Nicholson should be sacked from his job as Chief Executive of the NHS Commissioning Board (and of the English NHS) because of failings in … Continue reading

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Yet another government “digital strategy” – are they insane, foolish or timid?

At the beginning of November we were treated to the publication of yet another government digital strategy in which it is claimed that there are savings of £1.7 billion to be had by moving public transactions online.  There is little here … 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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What links Libor fixing, localism, open data and Ed Balls?

I was recently asked, in a group discussion, whether protectionism or open-market globalisation was better. Instinctively I replied globalisation. But I was surprised by the number of people who were strongly in favour of protectionism (of course their reasons varied … Continue reading

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