Monthly Archives: October 2012

“It’s about living standards, stupid!”

Summary Why it’s not just about the economy – some thoughts on the Resolution Foundation’s Commission on Living Standards report The Resolution Foundation’s report has got the bubbles of Whitehall and Westminster incredibly excited. It was embargoed until stupid-o’clock last night … Continue reading

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Ministries of Transport and Justice face Parliament

Summary What happens when Parliament spots things going wrong This is what happened earlier with the announcement of the interim report into the Westcoast shambles and the new interpreters contract shambles. OK Pooffles, who’s to blame for #trainfail? “Firm judgments … Continue reading

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***Thank you***

Summary A big ***Thank you*** to everyone who recommended me as a potential trainer for civil servants No – really. Some of you may be aware from Puffles’ tweets that I spent part of last week in London delivering training … Continue reading

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A ministerial reply – Are there limits to localism?

Summary The minister replies – but does his answer match his department’s actions? Some of you may recall a blogpost warning what happens when ministers don’t answer questions at conferences. The nature of Q&A sessions at conferences is very similar … Continue reading

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Parliamentary inquiry into private rented housing

Summary About time too – and you can submit evidence to it! The Communities and Local Government Select Committee is to hold an inquiry into the private rented housing sector. And not before time. All too often it’s felt like … Continue reading

Posted in Campaigning, protesting and demonstrating, Charities and Big Society, Housing and transport, Law and legal issues, Mental health, Party politics, Public administration & policy | 10 Comments

I’ve seen the big picture – and it doesn’t look good

Summary Some thoughts on the 20th October “A future that works” march I’m throwing this up having just got back from London with an over-excited dragon fairy who to all intents and purposes had a great time on the march. … Continue reading

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The Great Train Snobbery

Summary How George Osborne’s train ticketing tomfoolery became first of all a social media firestorm, and then a media scrum before he had even stepped off of the train So soon after plebgate (which, not long after the firestorm took … Continue reading

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Conduct unbecoming of a Prime Minister

Summary Why the convention of ministerial accountability to Parliament overrides any ill-feeling between two politicians Chris Bryant MP has been a persistent thorn in the side of both David Cameron and News International over the years. Recall that it was … Continue reading

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Has the Government Digital Service shown the rest of Whitehall how to develop & launch something successfully?

Summary Yes I was with Puffles & friends at UKGovCamp 2012 when Mike Bracken, Executive Director of the Government Digital Service gave us a sneak preview of what he and his team had lined up for the new web estate across … Continue reading

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Culture, leisure and sport in Cambridge

Summary An evening with Cambridge Past, Present and Future  (CambridgePPF)- and friends, trying to answer the question: “How can we encourage as many people as possible to be actively engaged?” I took Puffles along to a gathering of the great … Continue reading

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