Total departmental spending has declined by about 13 per cent. But in some departments it’s been cut by much more.
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Individual politicians come and go, but political parties – if they are to democratically control the functions of government – need an institutional memory.
He will deliver about a quarter of this year’s spending scaleback. Why not let him co-plan the post-election spending review – and get yet more value for money?
Loneliness is a killer, but the absence of solitude deadens the mind.
It would bring coherence and skill to project implementation and management – and there are plenty of others to be abolished or amalgamated.
The people working on the NHS frontline might not be perfect, but they are in a better position to know what’s what than ministers and officials.
Michael Gove’s former Special Adviser speaks to the IPPR.
Cameron says that too many politicians have offered “easy answers”. True. So where are the hard ones?
As next May draws nearer, no political party is yet facing up to the scale of challenge of deficit reduction.
The Tories may have been unprepared for Civil Service reform in 2010, but the same won’t happen in 2015. The plan is already in place and already working.
Cameron shouldn’t abandon his campaign on the economy and security.
The Prime Minister will have more influence in the appointment of senior officials. That should help Whitehall know who’s boss.
Or is he? Much will depend on how much support this businessman within Whitehall gets from No.10.
What does JFDI mean? The minister tactfully translated it as “just do it”.
Ending check-off and the rolling mandate would be welcome – but we should still demand majority mandates for strike action.
The Fiona Cunningham case shone more light on our politics’ culture of briefing and counter-briefing. Despite Cameron’s promises, it’s never really gone away.