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On the challenges the country faces, ministers are either silent or complacent

4th December 2014

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This speech was delivered in the House of Lords in the Autumn Statement debate on 04/12/2014. My Lords, May I first say how much we are looking forward to the noble Lord Rose’s maiden speech. In responding to questions yesterday, the noble lord Lord Deighton said with refreshing candour, that “I fully accept that this [...]

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Why public service is the hottest career option for bright graduates

2nd December 2014

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This article originally appeared in the Evening Standard. A revolution is sweeping England’s top universities. In place of the gadarene rush of graduates into the City, public service is becoming the fashion, thanks to the creation of Teach First and a string of successful imitation schemes. The latest success story is Police Now. Launched two [...]

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Book Review: Napoleon the Great

2nd December 2014

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This book review originally appeared in the New Statesman. Napoleon the Great  Andrew Roberts Allen Lane, 976pp, £30 The French historian Élie Halévy asked the rhetorical question: comparing France to Britain in 1750 and 1850, which country seriously modernised? It was obviously the nation of shopkeepers, not the descendants of “Napoleon the Great”, the elevation [...]

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Yes to ‘Devo Manc’

4th November 2014

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This article originally appeared on the Progress website. The Tory-Lib Dem coalition has an especially dismal record in the north of England. The number of young people on the dole for more than a year is up 62% across the north of England, compared to a national increase of 25%. Wages for working people in [...]

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Critical Friends Board Review of the London Tri-borough

29th October 2014

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The critical friends board review of the London tri-borough shared services project, chaired by Andrew Adonis, is now available online.

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Why is the UK still behind in the global skills race, despite politicians’ promises?

16th October 2014

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This article originally appeared on the New Statesman website on 14th October 2014 “We knew it was going to take time to make the necessary changes. It was going to take time to evolve,” said David Moyes after being unceremoniously sacked as Manchester United manager having failed to survive even a full season. “In the [...]

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We must have new river crossings in the east

16th October 2014

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This article originally appeared in the Evening Standard on 14th October 2014 There’s a critical obstacle to growth and prosperity in London: the Thames chasm — the acute shortage of Thames crossings east of Tower Bridge. But it is easy to solve. The capital will not meet its housing and employment needs unless it is [...]

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Devolving power to England does not require a parliament

19th September 2014

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There is a clear imperative for greater devolution within England. Highly centralised powers and budgets have failed to promote balanced regional prosperity beyond London and the south-east over recent decades. The disempowerment of provincial England contrasts ever more starkly with growing devolution to Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and London. However, English devolution is highly problematic, [...]

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Frontline begins

28th July 2014

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  This article originally appeared in the Sunday Times on 28th July 2014 Francis Goodburn could easily make himself rich. He has just finished a degree in maths and computer science at St John’s College, Oxford, where he was an organ scholar. He was recently voted one of the top 10 black rising stars to [...]

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‘Mending the Fractured Economy’ review launched

4th July 2014

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Policy Network has today published a major report on the economy by the former transport secretary, Lord Andrew Adonis. Read the full report here: http://www.policy-network.net/publications/4695/Mending-the-Fractured-Economy The final report of the Adonis Review, Mending the Fractured Economy: Smarter State, Better Jobs, sets out reforms to boost innovation, tackle skills shortages and address youth unemployment, support growth [...]

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