Three cheers for three reforms: of the civil service, of Ministers and of one that this Government tends to avoid – of public services.
Posts Tagged: Civil Society
A limited suspension is one thing, lasting change would be another. And so often, nothing is so permanent as the temporary.
James Frayne: Nine thousand jobs lost at Rolls Royce. The damage that the virus is wreaking on provincial Britain is terrible – and will last
It’s not only a matter of highly-skilled jobs for working class people. Firms like these gives cities like Derby a sense of immense civic pride.
It represents an emergency call to arms – not a permanent transition towards a command society.
Nat Wei: How the internet could have been used to protect lives and livelihoods during this crisis. And how we can do better.
More emphasis could have been put on local delivery of services, drugs, and even treatment using mobile medical equipment and remote consultation.
If enough of us download this app, we can, through our joint endeavours and the trace and test programme, suppress the virus.
How prepared are we for strict social distancing for the forseeable future, compulsory masks, closed leisure facilities – and a semi-functioning economy?
Cristina Odone: What the police are doing about domestic abuse during the shutdown. And what more they should do.
The imaginative and innovative schemes that they are rolling out across the country to may come as a surprise.
Our safety net is worn and fragile because it carries too many of the burdens that used to be shared with the little platoons of civil society.
Danny Kruger: The charities package and real conservatism. Our focus is on neither the individual nor the state, but on what’s between them.
The Treasury’s decision is a vital moment in the battle against coronavirus and in the emerging consensus about the country we want to be in future.
Luke Evans: It feels here that this week is the lull coming before the storm that you hope will never arrive
I’m acutely aware that in our rural communities, where we are a few weeks behind major cities, knowing someone in hospital is more rare.
Plus: And a Coronavirus Social Justice Minister. Give thanks for Starmer. And: it’s time for a Virtual Parliament.
If you really want to see how we’re pulling together, the best example is taking shape now at the NEC, outside Birmingham – the new NHS Nightingale Hospital.
Will Tanner: Service and self-sacrifice. Our new polling suggests that people are more concerned about others than themselves.
A deep reservoir of community and contribution, obscured in normal times, has been uncovered by our present situation.
It is worth noting that face-to-face contact won’t always be necessary: those in higher-risk groups will be able to offer support by telephone.