Monthly Archives: January 2012

Gauging the time lags in Whitehall’s responses to modern digital processes suggests an enduring problem with organizational culture in the civil service

How fast should British government incorporate the latest developments in digital communication into its dealings with citizens and customers? Patrick Dunleavy provides some detailed evidence to back up the claim that the online facilities of UK government are now lagging a decade behind those of the private sector. In a blog last week, Jane Tinkler highlighted some interesting points raised by […]

The Public Administration Select Committee continues to push for greater leadership on reforms and for more strategic thought at the heart of government.

One of the main accusations that have been levelled at the current government, despite its ambitious reform agenda, is that it does not ‘do’ strategy. Ahead of a lecture at the LSE tonight, the Chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee, Bernard Jenkin MP, looks at the recent work of the committee that aims to redress this criticism through many […]

January 31st, 2012|Bernard Jenkin MP|0 Comments|

It’s official: waivers and bursaries don’t attract students

Tim Leunig analyses the new data on how changes in university fees have affected applications. 

The data are out. We know how many people applied to each university, and how much that has changed since the previous year.

We also know how much each university is charging, how much they are spending on waivers, and how much they are spending on bursaries. […]

Bloody Sunday is almost universally recognised as ‘unjustified and unjustifiable’. But lessons must be drawn for peace in Northern Ireland, and for counterinsurgency more generally

Jim Hughes writes that the events of Bloody Sunday and the ‘shock’ of concentrated violence in the early phase of the Northern Ireland conflict reverberated and shaped the conflict for the following decades. However, the violence also led to the start of a process that would result in the Good Friday Agreement. Today marks the fortieth anniversary of Bloody Sunday […]

We must acknowledge the limits of policing and punishment in the absence of social justice

Robert Reiner argues that it is time we re-evaluated our ‘common sense’ conceptions of the role of the police, and started to take seriously the notion that socio-economically rooted pressures generating criminality have been suppressed, but not tackled, by the decades of getting tough on crime but not its causes. A quick Google search reveals that ‘common sense policing’ has become a busy buzz-word. […]

Book Review: Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism by Robert Guest

Robert Guest, Business Editor of The Economist, travels the world to make the case for the positive effects of migration and international connections, in a readable, wide-ranging new book on globalisation. Amusing, intelligent, and full of statistics, Borderless Economics is the perfect starting point for exploring new diasporas and international networks, finds Kate Saffin. Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the […]

Book Review: Outside In by Peter Hain

Former anti-apartheid leader turned Labour cabinet minister Peter Hain reflects on his early campaigning days, being prosecuted in two political trials and his role in negotiating the historic 2007 settlement in Northern Ireland. Carl Packman finds it a remarkably honest and modest account, concluding that Hain proves to be a politician of true principal. Outside In. Peter Hain. Biteback Publishing. January 2012. […]

Book Review: In Defence of Politicians (In Spite of Themselves) by Peter Riddell

How can voters trust politicians that consistently say one thing yet do another? Rory Creedon reviews Peter Riddell’s lastest work, which considers exactly how our levels of respect and trust have changed following the expenses scandal, cash for questions, and other sleazy political behaviour. In Defence of Politicians (In Spite of Themselves). Peter Riddell. Biteback Publishing. 2011. Find this book:  In […]