Tag Archives: Francis Maude

Government deceit or pure stupidity


In the last few days two separate proposals have emerged from the Government which gives the impression that they wish to improve the lives of people in our communities whilst at the same time ignoring completely the fact that they … Continue reading

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Familiar faces can be a problem


The way in which power is distributed in this country is a mystery to far too many people. Arguably this is one of the many reasons why so many people are unwilling to participate in democracy in its formal sense, … Continue reading

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A new form of Politics is needed


This weeks election means that for many of us our political landscape has changed and it is useful to reflect in a bit of detail what impact the election has or should have had. For several decades I have worked … Continue reading

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A short week in Westminster


On Tuesday David Cameron hosted a summit on Childhood Sexual Exploitation and he spoke about his wish to prosecute men and women within our public sector in a position to know about such abuse, who looked the other way or chose not to respond … Continue reading

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Its time to draw a distinction


This week in Parliament, one Government Minister asked another Government Minister a question, and although the question was answered, neither the question nor the answer went far enough. The Question from Lorely Burt in the Treasury was “what the value … Continue reading

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Do we have Hi-Steria?


There was a disturbing headline in yesterdays Guardian on the write off of £56M by the Ministry of Justice, on a system to coordinate some of the records of its 90,000 employees that was apparently already late and over budget. The total … Continue reading

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More measurement is needed


The stereotypical view of business is that they despise red tape, almost more than the Government which tends to dislike the red tape that others have imposed (either previous Governments or the EU), preferring their own much free-er restrictions and … Continue reading

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Procurement rules for the many


Procurement rules rarely feature in the most exciting things to discuss in any social gathering, but they can have a profound impact on the ability of people to earn a living and provide a service in their own area. One of the … Continue reading

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A Diversion from Reality


Yesterday Matthew Hancock MP who is a Minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Nigel Farage MEP got into a bit of a scuffle over employment rights as the BBC reported here. The comments relate to the importance of … Continue reading

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Lets hear the other side of the story


According  to an article in Mondays Guardian, our MPs are an industrious bunch. On top of their annual MPs salary (£65,738) a number of our elected representatives earn significant sums from second jobs (unless of course they see their role as an MP as … Continue reading

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