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: Francis Maude
If the Prime Minister doesn’t have confidence in his most senior Ministers, it’s impossible to see how anyone else can.
The Prime Minister is being urged to employ more women, but here is one who already makes it difficult for him to get away with sloppy thinking.
The Politics of And. Securing the Majority. 4) Getting more Conservatives appointed to public bodies
In government under Cameron, Francis Maude and his SpAds helped to make a difference. Time to call in Baroness Finn to hold a review.
Henry Newman: Amidst the row about neutrality, a big question looms. Is the civil service up to delivering Brexit effectively?
Whitehall has at times imperilled its reputation for neutrality, but there remains a positive ‘can-do’ attitude about Brexit. The Government should harness it.
Interview: Kemi Badenoch – “I’m not really left-leaning on anything…I always lean right instinctively”
She voted for Davis in 2005, and her hero is Airey Neave: “The escape from Colditz is I think probably the coolest thing any British politician has ever done.”
Futhermore, the Government needs to sharpen up its sense of mission. And there is a heap of talent on the Tory backbenches.
As the civil service starts to grow again Conservatives must remember our mission to reduce bureaucracy
Francis Maude was responsible for a huge achievement in slimming down the numbers in Whitehall. His legacy is under threat.
I have long been struck by the incredible stresses placed upon them by a system that is meticulous in its oppression across so many of the European institutions.
“I stress that I became disillusioned with the Service, not with civil servants.” Maude’s Speaker’s Lecture – full text
The former minister for the Cabinet Office explains why his experiences have convinced him that reform is urgently needed.
Kieron O’Hara: Seven ways to reach younger voters. Including, as May is doing today, reaching out to other parties.
If the Conservatives spoke a progressive alliance, and meant it, they might be able to make some progress – and break down virulent anti-Toryism.
Guido Fawkes, Tom Newton-Dunn and the Evening Standard diary banded together to suggest that I was about to do a far, far better thing than I have ever done…
Some Ministers and Conservative MPs are so spooked by Corbyn that they are in danger of losing their heads.
John O’Connell: The Tory Manifesto. It should commit to scrapping HS2, ending the triple lock – and reforming the NHS.
This first piece of a mini-series on what should be in the manifesto argues that the Conservatives must get serious about living within our means.
Charged with managing Whitehall, trouble-shooting, clocking Sturgeon, and preparing government for Brexit, his workload would make lesser mortals crumble.