Public service reform
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Earlier today in the House of Commons:
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington) (Lab):
The Secretary of State will appreciate that I cannot speak about the detailed implementation of his reforms, but does he agree that an emphasis on rigorous qualifications and on obtaining core academic subjects is not, as is sometimes argued, contrary to [...]
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