Me on Blue Labour.

Original can be found here. Ed Miliband’s recent appointee to the House of Lords, Lord Glasman, is considered the “intellectual godfather” of the Labour party. This week he has been publicising his idea to win back Labour’s “working-class vote”. B…

Lessons learned from Japan

That people will use any tragedy, no matter how big, to hang their pre-existing opinions about nuclear power on. Here is what I know. A country has faced a tsunami, an earthquake, and major problems at its nuclear power stations. They are still fi…

Enterprise in our public sector…

So the first link I opened today was a story about David Cameron being asked to intervene after a private company who run 250 care homes was ready to go under. The thousands of residents now face homelessness. So far so bad. Just another story abo…

Pickle, Don’t Preserve: Pink

Pickle, Don’t Preserve This is a post on the blog of @lucindee. A barrister and family law specialist. Our eponymous hero Eric Pickles (Department for Communities and Local Government) has announced quite possibly the most wide sweeping and yet sk…

Joy.

Eric Pickles wants to change the statutory duty on local authorities to provide an ‘efficient and comprehensive’ library service. I bet you a tenner that receives ten times the coverage of the threats to jeapordise the responsibilities of local au…

Undeliverable cuts or removal of statutory duties?

I had a conversation a few months ago with a friend of mine who is in senior management in a local authority. She was not in a good state. As someone who has to sign off on the decisions affecting children in her local authority, she is well aware…