First, can I apologise to my readers for a little “mission creep” in this blog? I’m afraid the politics of the last few months in Britain have been way too fascinating and I realise I have strayed into commenting too much on them rather than the central concern of this blog – public management issues. I will endeavour to correct that in the next weeks and months, but first…..
Is it just me or has some of the commentary on the Ed Miliband and David Miliband saga been just slightly north of daft? Continue reading “Oh Brother”
To coin a phrase, I agree with Nick (Clegg) – two Ed’s are better than one.
Now Ed M has won the Labour leadership, it would clearly be to Labour’s advantage to make Ed Balls the Shadow Chancellor. Continue reading “For Labour, Two Ed’s are Better Than One”
The dilemma which still confronts the Liberal Democratic party is, do they want to be in coalition or do they want to be in government? Continue reading “Do the Lib Dems Want to be in Coalition or in Government?”
There have been more ‘friendly fire’ or ‘blue-on-blue’ in incidents as Coalition Forces marshall for the offensive in October. Continue reading “Blue-on-Blue Incidents Increase Amongst Coalition Forces”
Evan Davis’s new BBC Radio 4 series on tax is an excellent listen. one of the most memorable quotes from the first programme was the Revenue and Customs investigator who said that taxation was the price we pay to live a civilised society. Continue reading “Taxation is the Price of Civilisation”
The current “dash to slash” consensus is deeply troubling. The mantra has been repeated so often now, by so many people, that all critical thought about the subject seems to have been set aside. Continue reading “Is the ‘Dash to Slash’ Really Necessary – Alternatives to Austerity”
I was struck by the following statement in a summary of recent discussions at the Institute for Government on the “Big Society”:
“Most people solve most of their problems most of the time without reverting to the state.” The summary of the argument for the Big Society, goes on, “families, friends, communities and the marketplace can all help individuals to solve problems with minimal involvement from government.” Continue reading “Big Society and the Big State”