Monthly Archives: May 2012

The mental health impact of un/underemployment

Summary I’m underemployed. There. I said it. And I hate it. And I’m not the only one. It’s one of the reasons why I laugh in the face of so-called unemployment statistics. People like me don’t show on them. A … Continue reading

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The Greens and Genetically Modified crops

Summary Why it’s more complicated than the headlines show. Well…everything is, isn’t it? Over 10 years ago while exploring all things alternative during my student days, I took part in a picket organised by Greenpeace outside a branch of Sainsbury’s … Continue reading

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In defence of…ex-special adviser Adam Smith?!?

Summary Some thoughts about special advisers Guardian leader writer, former special adviser and dragon-fairy-watcher Tom Clark commented that “Adam Smith was too special an adviser to overstep the mark”. Smith’s testimony and body language spoke volumes – as did the testimony … Continue reading

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Civil Service Accountability – II

Summary Some thoughts following the House of Lords Constitution Committee’s evidence session with three Commons Select Committee chairpersons. It’s an hour-and-a-half long session, but Whitehall and civil service watchers should have a listen to the evidence session – even if … Continue reading

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Student loans to replace government funding for adult education

Summary It’s not looking good for adult education and lifelong learning. “Just one in 10 people aged 24 and over would definitely undertake a further education course at college if controversial plans to charge student loans are brought in, according … Continue reading

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A negative number is not an approval rating

Summary More on the crisis of politics – is it about the schools? Twitter was jumping up and down this weekend about how Ed Miliband had higher approval ratings than David Cameron. If you’re a Labour supporter, so far, so … Continue reading

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When ministers turn on their civil servants

Summary Musings on recent attacks on the civil service Over the past few days there have been several headlines and articles about conflict at the top of Government. The difference between the recent spats and previous ones is that the … Continue reading

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Cambridge Societies’ Fair

Summary: Further thoughts on a big idea of mine. Some of you will be familiar with this from my post Bringing Cambridge Together. Since then, the local elections have happened and a number of seats have changed hands. It also … Continue reading

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Scrutiny Leveson/Jay style

Summary Could MPs learn a thing or two about scrutiny? “Come on Bobby J! Get stuck in!!! Throw the other fist will ya?!?” The Leveson Inquiry has made for fascinating viewing – and I imagine ministers that are due to … Continue reading

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How will the Coalition partners go their separate ways?

Summary How will the Tories and Lib Dems make a clean break? The kicking in the polls the governing parties took at the local government elections in May 2012 made things more than a little awkward for messrs Clegg and … Continue reading

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