Monthly Archives: November 2012

Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

Paul Hodkinson is sceptical of the notion that an unregulated press is thereby ‘free’.

Following up on his post earlier in the week, Charlie Beckett argues that the importance of Leveson must not be downplayed.

While some might see virtue in Nick Clegg’s assertiveness over Leveson, Stephen Tall bemoans the fact that it is David Cameron rather than the Lib Dem leader […]

November 30th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The fallout from the McAlpine saga threatens the role of Twitter in public life

The fallout from the McAlpine saga has led to increasing fears that legal action will have a ‘chilling effect’ on the microblogging platform. Paul Bernal argues that Twitter provides something quite special for the media and that it should be nurtured. It’s possible a defence may develop naturally from the legal processes McAlpine’s team bring about but, if not, we ought to […]

Innovation can be used to renew the foundations of public legitimacy and build new kinds of public services

Jesper Christiansen argues that innovation is capable of driving a much needed renewal in the delivery of public services. He suggests that innovation efforts are directed at the practice of public policy itself through a new set of principles, delineated in this article. Whether you are a politician, civil servant, frontline worker or any other kind of decision maker taking active part in […]

November 29th, 2012|Jesper Christiansen|1 Comment|

The time is right to open up care services more widely, and user feedback has an important part to play

Alison Hopkins explains the merits of a public online feedback system for social care. Through a feedback model that suits the care sector, one that responds to the characteristics of the service and its users, people will know what standards to expect, see when providers are failing to meet those standards, and feel more empowered to hold providers to account. There has […]

The party that wins the next election and which gets the economy moving will be the one which can fashion certainty, peace of mind and fairness

The pervasive uncertainty which has come to dominate social life has been compounded by a government seemingly intent on the systematic erosion of trust in the state. James Lloyd argues that action must be taken to restore trust in institutions and that the party which can fashion certainty, peace of mind and fairness will win the next election.  The economy flounders in and out […]

The ‘war on terror’ on campus threatens important freedoms

Against a background of increasing claims that universities in the United Kingdom provide environments conducive to the inculcation of Islamic radicalism, Ian Cram argues that we must seriously reconsider the assumptions on which such a view rests. Given the relatively large percentage of young persons attending higher or further education institutions in the last decade, it would be surprising if universities were entirely insulated from such […]

The ‘open public services’ agenda is unravelling and this should change how we perceive those who claim to critique it from the inside while nonetheless supporting its aims

In this response to an earlier article by Jane Mansour, Peter Latham critiques the ‘open public services’ agenda upon which her arguments were predicated. He suggests that the purported localism of this approach is illusory, in fact affording new powers to central government to dictate how ‘localism’ will work in practice and further eroding the status of local councils. With a view […]

A new style public interest defence in libel law ensures that rights and interests of claimants, defendants and the wider public are properly protected

Andrew Scott and Alastair Mullis discuss the Defamation Bill making its way through Parliament. They argue that the newly proposed amendment allows the bill to both protect the right to reputation while also promoting the right to free speech. This proposal introduces a ‘discursive remedy’ that would reduce the need to bring costly claims, and a novel focus on the honesty and reasonableness […]