The inestimable Atul Gawande (author of The Checklist Manifesto) has done it again with a brilliant little column in the New Yorker.
So, it appears fairly certain now that the Coalition Government is going to announce – sometime next year – Spending Review 2013.
But, and this is critical, Danny Alexander (Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury) seems to have said this will only be a 2 year Spending Review covering the years 2014-15 and 15-16 (interview in the Guardian).
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So, it appears fairly certain now that the Coalition Government is going to announce – sometime next year – Spending Review 2013. Continue reading “Spending Review 2013 – politics trumps planning, again.”
Here’s the summary of my contributions to yesterday’s discussion on the Guardian Public Leaders Network. Continue reading “Civil Service – getting on or getting out? (Guardian discussion)”
I understand something of the frustration and anger of the relatives of the Hillsborough victims because I had a similar experience – albeit on a much smaller scale. British officialdom has a cult of secrecy and cover-up that is still with us, even if is has gotten slightly better.
In 1982 my younger brother Gary, 21, was killed. He was beaten up and died of a heart attack. Officialdom made this horrible situation worse by acts of secrecy. Continue reading “Hillsborough and Transparency: why I know something of how the relatives feel about not getting the truth (until now)”
It is quite likely we are moving, hesitatingly and perhaps not in a straight line, towards an era of coalition governments in the UK. Continue reading “Playing the Game Like Adults: Coalition does not mean Coalescence.”