Public service reform

Labour’s NHS strategy – tax tobacco, save the cancer patients

18 October 2014 13:22

Labour wants the next election to be about the NHS, one of their strongest issues. Party strategists have been struck…

An NHS tax is just another name for a tax rise

17 May 2014 10:51

Finding a way to raise taxes that is popular is, for some on the centre-left, the Holy Grail. As the…

Matt Hancock vows to fight low pay, but fails to emphasise the importance of low inflation

27 March 2013 12:10

Matt Hancock, the business and skills minister, addressed the Resolution Foundation’s low pay debate this morning, an indication of how…

Jeremy Hunt’s NHS Mandate will make the service even more cumbersome

14 November 2012 10:53

Earlier this week my wife called to make a GP appointment for our daughter, who has been experiencing some worrying…

Tories swing into action in Corby, at last

1 September 2012 11:03

The Corby by-election campaign is warming up, with the Tories selecting Christine Emmett as their candidate. Emmett is a local…

Winsor — the outsider

12 June 2012 9:00

In nominating the lawyer and former rail regulator Tom Winsor as her choice to be the next chief inspector of…

Choice — easy to talk about, a slog to deliver

29 March 2012 13:16

The birth of the White Paper on public service reform was a tortuous business — but, now it’s been out…

Gove knows the importance of adoption

24 February 2012 11:04

The coalition’s work on adoption is one of its more impressive bits of public service reform. It starts from the…

When failure actually counts as success

22 February 2012 8:58

Michael Gove’s latest prognosis for schools was delivered at a lunch in Westminster yesterday, but it’s important enough to repeat…

Labour’s late to the policemens’ ball

6 December 2011 16:38

Labour has today unveiled a panel of experts to consider the future of British policing.  The review, chaired by the…

Back to square one

6 December 2011 10:48

Benedict Brogan has some bad news from the engine room of public service reform. ‘I’m told Downing Street is starting…

Lansley’s real fight

13 October 2011 9:21

Yesterday was a rare good day for Andrew Lansley: the Health Bill survived its trial in the House of Lords.…

Gove: the Tories are the party of state schooling

4 October 2011 16:33

Apologies for my recent, extended absence, CoffeeHousers — Vietnam and my immune system just didn’t get on. But I’m back…

Gearing up for the Tories

29 September 2011 18:27

Westminster is preparing for the Tory conference and Ben Brogan reports that a confident mood pervades the blue camp. The…

Exploiting a conservative moment

25 September 2011 22:43

Away from the resurrection of David Miliband, other Labour modernisers convened at the Progress rally earlier this evening. These weren’t…

Corporatism, comms and civil servants

23 September 2011 9:01

David Cameron renewed his calls for global action for growth last night and it seems that the work begins at…

Cameron’s foreign frustrations

22 September 2011 16:49

David Cameron’s much trailed speech to the UN is tinged with frustration. He will say, “You can sign every human rights…

Clegg’s chance to lead by example

21 September 2011 10:19

Nick Clegg will deliver his keynote speech to the Liberal Democrat conference later this afternoon. It has been substantially trailed…

Clegg wants to communicate

20 September 2011 11:07

Communication, communication, communication: that appears to be Nick Clegg’s new political mantra. Speaking to the Today programme earlier this morning,…

Time to recognise that the hospital is dead

15 September 2011 16:28

For many years, it has been Government policy to move healthcare out of hospitals and into community units and homes,…