The Secret Diaries of Sir Michael Barber, Eagle Eye

The Secret Diaries of Sir Michael Barber

Great news from my new academic home, King’s College, London.
Sir Michael Barber (pictured), the directing mind behind public service reform in the second term of the Blair government, has agreed to publish his diaries as part of a PhD thesis to be written by one of our stars, Michelle Clement.
Sir Michael, head of the Prime [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 15 January 2015 at 2:40 pm

Police Second, Eagle Eye

Police Second

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has just addressed the second-most ferocious trade union in the western world, the Police Federation. The most ferocious is of course the British Medical Association, and the Federation has suffered a bit of a setback recently in its handling of the Andrew Mitchell Gategate.
All praise to May, therefore, for taking [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 2:59 pm

Remember: Tristram’s Handy, Eagle Eye

Remember: Tristram’s Handy

News coming in of Tristram Hunt’s turn at a fundraiser for Hornsey and Wood Green Labour Party last night. The shadow education secretary “did what I haven’t seen someone on the Labour front bench do for four years”, according to one witness: “He simply refused to agree with the leftists and political conservatives in the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 2 April 2014 at 9:38 pm

Liz Kendall, against “entrenching dependency”, Eagle Eye

Liz Kendall, against “entrenching dependency”

The Labour modernisers are alive and still kicking. As well as Stella Creasy, who wants to extend consumer rights to the public sector, and Dan Jarvis and Steve Reed, who are tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime, there is Liz Kendall.
The Shadow Minister for Care and Older People (you know, the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 11:47 am

Schools inequality: what works, Eagle Eye

Schools inequality: what works

All right. Something useful happened at the Liberal Democrat spring conference in York last week. There was a fringe meeting, at which Stephen Tall (pictured) spoke about his work for the Education Endowment Foundation.
The EEF is interested in what works in reducing educational inequality, which is something on which the UK has a worse record [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 10:01 am

The Science of Delivery, Eagle Eye

The Science of Delivery

The thing that foreign leaders most want to talk to Tony Blair about is his Delivery Unit. Many governments and local governments are using what it learned about how to improve public services, especially education, with advice from Sir Michael Barber (pictured), who was head of the Delivery Unit 2001-05.
Barber’s most ambitious project is in Punjab, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 8:07 pm

“People power” in care services, Eagle Eye

“People power” in care services

I have commented before on how Liz Kendall, shadow minister for care and old people, seems to understand “people power” in public services, even if her boss, Andy Burnham, has departed from the true path of Blairite reform.
Anyway, she is at it again in a speech today: talking sense about giving users of care services [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 23 October 2013 at 5:59 pm

Why Tesco Should Run Schools, Eagle Eye

Why Tesco Should Run Schools

This article of mine, from The Independent on Sunday, 26 October 2008, seems to have been washed away from the Google-indexed part of the internet by the ceaseless waves of entropy, so I re-post it here, in the light of today’s report in The Independent that Michael Gove wants to allow schools to be run for profit.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 2 July 2013 at 8:53 am

Andy Burnham: The Duty of Candour, Eagle Eye

Andy Burnham: The Duty of Candour

I interviewed Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, for The Independent on Sunday today. He defended himself from the charge thrown at him by David Cameron that he had presided, as Health Secretary 2009-10, over a “sinister culture of cover-up” in the NHS; but he also talked about lessons learned and set out his vision [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 30 June 2013 at 11:48 am

“Assemblage of Sops”, Eagle Eye

“Assemblage of Sops”

Sentence of the Day is this 129-word put-down from Michael Gove’s letter to his shadow, Stephen Twigg:
I am sure your speech was the result of a well-thought-through reflection on schools policy and all of the above questions were considered, and fully addressed, in preparation for your announcement and so you will be able to reply [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 19 June 2013 at 5:31 pm

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