Philippa Stroud’s new Social Metrics Commission hopes to bring light to murky statistical waters. But can numbers ever truly neutralise politics?
Bright but disruptive pupils are allowed to stay while less able but equally troublesome children are dumped. It is illegal, but it happens nonetheless.
Some counter-intuitive, or at least counter-conventional, findings from a recent IFS report.
There is a suspicion that the Government wants to talk about other things – and a significant amount of attention is of course already being consumed by Brexit.
Many ministers are indeed well-suited – but it feels as if this is a secondary consideration: just check their CVs, and ask if we might sometimes choose better.
We should take the opportunity to remind ourselves what real progress means and rededicate ourselves to its cause.
The Centre for Social Justice, which I am now chairing once again, is turning its attention to the quality of growth and jobs.