“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.
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
The problem with privatisation is…
“So, the answer to my question: “The Problem with Privatisation is…” The majority don’t want it, they have not benefited from it and it just ain’t working. T’is time for a rethink.” Alan Wyllie considers the problems with privatisation and outsourcing of public services.Originally posted on A Working Class Man
Another Government ‘Fag packet’ proposal for benefit sanctions and cuts?
“Rarely do I come across a Tory Policy proposal that makes me both Smile (albeit at the irony) and Shudder (with fear); but today’s report in the Telegraph does exactly this…” Jayne Linney looks at the proposals to force benefit claimants with anxiety and depression to seek treatment.Originally posted on Jayne Linney
Maybe MPs should be on zero hours contracts
“There were a number of times when Vince looked a bit uncomfortable…you know the signs; fidgeting, increased swallowing and looking like a rabbit caught in the headlights.” Glynis Millward reports on a meeting with Vince Cable on zero hours contracts.Originally posted on glynismillward189