Tag: Public Services

There is a lovely little verse by Dorothy Parker to which I resort when feeling gently resigned and needing a reminder that solace is possible….

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It has now been ten years since I finished my work as an independent reviewer for the UK government.  I had never done such a…

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In the heyday of Gordon Brown’s chancellorship, I went to a conference about the future of ‘extended schools’. The first speaker was an amazing headteacher,…

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The Covid-19 pandemic has made the immediate need for public services and policy more visible and urgent. It has been a universal experience, shared by…

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Has the political culture forgotten how to make things happen? Maybe it matters not at all who wins elections. Why not? Because our political culture…

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Yes, it is hot. The heat has also added a layer of what I can only describe as degradation to our public services. But before…

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Let me start with a story, which has to be a little obscure to protect the innocent. The government has a Voluntary Repatriation Scheme for…

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As I usually do this time of year, I have been leading seminars with some of the annual crop of Darzi fellows, the cadre of…

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