The Prospect magazine Think Tank Awards 2014 were handed out last week. Here are our own alternative ‘awards’ in recognition the independent campaigners and groups outside of the political class who have done much to raise issues, challenge the mainstream and generally provide an alternative to the what the political class thinks and thinks is important.
“Nicely timed for the run up to the party political season and General Election next year and due to the runaway success of privatising the probation service, it’s interesting to see that old chestnut about privatising job centres is back on the agenda.” Jim Brown reviews the latest debates on what to privatise next.Originally posted on On Probation Blog
The revolving door
“So why do these men, young and old, repeatedly make their way back through the revolving door into custody? Can any intervention break this seemingly endless cycle of petty offending and short jail sentences?” Alex Cavendish looks at re-offending and what can be done to reduce it.Originally posted on Prison UK: An Insider's View
Surveillance and austerity
“The real point about the people in power is that they have power… and reducing that power is hard. We should, however, at least do our best not to have the wool pulled over our eyes. This isn’t for our benefit. It’s for theirs.” Paul Bernal looks at the similarities between austerity and surveillance policies.Originally posted on Paul Bernal's Blog
Michael Gove and the bitter pills of education reform
“With an election looming, such a polarising figure as Gove could be potential poison. I only hope that Nicky Morgan’s function is to sugar coat the bitter pills of education reform…rather than handing out the usual pick ‘n’ mix of placebos.” Cazzypot reviews Michael Gove’s record as Education Secretary.Originally posted on cazzypotsblog
The toxic welfare debate: real reason IDS is still in a job?
“Many are asking how it is that Iain Duncan-Smith remains Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions in the wake of a deep and wide-ranging reshuffle this week.” Paul Hebden argues that the toxic nature of the debate on welfare reform is the real reason why IDS is still in his job.Originally posted on Hit The Donkey
Are Mandarins the problem?
“So, for me, part of the story is not so much Ministers versus Civil Servants but “thinkers” versus “doers” – and the need for doers to bring an air of reality to proposals for policy change.” Alex Marsh looks at the role of civil servants in policymaking.Originally posted on Alex's Archives