Debating academic rigour, hunting the dude, and hurling abuse at Gordon Brown: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

Chris Dillow at Stumbling and Mumbling wonders what’s the use of academic rigour when empirical evidence is routinely ignored in policy making.

Damian McBride recalls the day five years ago that Gordon Brown became Prime Minister – and had abuse hurled at him by his closest aides…

Richard Murphy on the Ripped-off Britons blog argues that good capitalism is good business, and provides some tips on […]

Old civil service wine, cancerous tax avoidance and Ed’s unnecessary apology: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

Jonathan Portes at Not the Treasury View argues that Ed Miliband shouldn’t apologise for making the right decision on Eastern European migration.

Chris Cook on the FT data blog discusses Michael Gove’s proposals to reintroduce a two tier O-Level system, and it’s potential effects on social mobility.

Colin Talbot at Whitehall Watch suggests that the Civil Service Reform Plan is mostly old […]

Conservatism in crisis, sickies in the public sector and a Miliband masterstroke: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

The Spectator’s Coffee House blog reveals evidence to show that the public doesn’t want the government to drop Lords reform or gay marriage.

Ballots and Bullets note the continuation of the Tory collapse in the polls, as Stumbling and Mumbling muses on the coming crisis of Conservatism. 

David Skelton at The Staggers argues that Jon Cruddas’ appointment as Head of Labour’s policy review […]

Tractors, coups and ugly habits: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

Mark Hellowell at Public Finance discusses the coalition’s state of denial over the economy and questions the logic of Clegg’s stated ‘moral duty’ to the next generation.

Steven Baxter at the New Statesman argues that the selective use of evidence is an ugly media habit – and never more so than in relation to the horrific Rochdale grooming case.

Anthony Wells […]

Throwing economic caution to the wind, predicting elections based on football matches and battling for blue collar Britain: Top 5 (or 6) blogs you might have missed this week

Chris Prosser at Politics in Spires investigates whether local elections predict general elections  (although Roger Mortimore of Ipsos MORI has an altogether different tactic of linking election results to football matches).

William Davies at OurKingdom writes that the government should throw caution to the wind in devising new systems of financial risk management.

Charlie Beckett at the Polis blog discusses Murdoch and the Media Committee, suggesting that this has […]

Spads running amok, Murdoch looking tired and Cameron’s ‘remarkable’ achievement: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

When Ministers and Spads run amok: Colin Talbot at Whitehall Watch argues that the Jeremy Hunt revelations again raise the issue of civil service reform.

John Gapper at the FT’s Business blog notes that Rupert Murdoch was tired and rambling when he took the stand at the Leveson inquiry on Thursday.

Julian Norman at the F-Word argues that the online reaction to footballer Ched […]

Boris the optimist, dumbed down politicians and the tolerable cost of austerity: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

A Dragon’s Best Friend wonders if the media has helped to dumb down our politicians.

Stumbling and Mumbling muses on the tolerable cost of austerity.

Charles Grant at Social Europe considers whether Britain is on its way out of Europe.

The FT’s Westminster Blog suggests that Ken Livingstone is coming across a bit glum, allowing Boris to paint himself as the candidate of optimism.

Matt […]

Libertarianism for the rich, a cost-benefit analysis of the Falklands & plunging government approval ratings: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

Simon Wren-Lewis at Mainly Macro discusses the Falklands conflict in cost-benefit terms.

Patricia Kaszynska at The Staggers argues that its libertarianism for the rich, paternalism for the rest. 

The FT’s Westminster Blog wonders if the government’s new ‘right to buy’ is too good to be true. 

Toby Blume attempts to strip away the spin about Big Society Capital.

Sunny Hundal at Liberal Conspiracy shows how […]

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