Cleverly’s China speech. Better not made?
“”Frankly, we waste a lot of time convincing ourselves that the Chinese Government is persuadable when it isn’t,” said one critic. The Foreign Secretary disagrees.”
The Bank of England’s problem is not its independence, but groupthink
“I suggest an “all-monetarist shortlist” for appointments to the Monetary Policy Committee in the near future, to address the collective delusions that blessed us with this current bout of inflation. ”
Book Review: Bale’s contempt for Johnson precludes understanding him
“The odd thing about this author and his Guardian friends is that they cannot understand movement. Though they think of themselves as progressive, they are in many ways deeply reactionary.”
Civil service reform 1) What we should do about the real challenges – too much central power, too much personnel churn
“I do not believe there are conspiracies by officials to stop this or any other government from getting on with its business. But there are deep-seated problems in how government works. Here are three issues that need to be tackled.”
Civil service reform 2) What we can learn from the men who beat Napoleon
“Conservatives would do well to prioritise above all else the promotion of young, intelligent, and furiously ambitious staffers granted a level of autonomy not seen since the administration of Empire.”
Raab. The case for. Claims of bullying aren’t convincing – and some civil servants have questions to answer.
“If politicians come to believe that the civil service is preoccupied with speaking truth to power at the expense of doing its job, Francis Maude-style solutions will be imposed, regardless of which party is in power.”
Raab. The case against. He was found occasionally to have bullied civil servants – and there’s no more to it than that.
“No, his resignation does not mean the UK has become “ungovernable” or that it will be “impossible for Ministers to do their job” or that his departure is a victory for “the Remainer blob” or evidence that the public sector is full of “snowflakes”.”
Put simply, excessive uncontrolled migration threatens to cannibalise the compassion of the British public
Robert Jenrick MP
“There is an extensive body of research that demonstrates the damaging effects on social trust and cohesion from uncontrolled migration.”
Why I love election campaigning
“At times it does get a bit nasty. But the truth is if you’re not prepared for this, then being a councillor is really not the role for you.”
Recruiting 20,000 more police officers is all well and good. But they won’t fix our creaking criminal justice system.
“Whilst we pat ourselves on the back for reaching our manifesto target, the number of crimes solved continues to fall, and our prisons and courts remain overwhelmed.”