We estimate that streamlining the quango state could mean nearly 34,000 people off the taxpayer payroll, and a saving of £3.25 billion a year.
After the election, we suggested five ways of securing the Party’s electoral position. Eight months on, how is the Government doing?
Over the past three years, we have seen large chunks of our bureaucracy – civil servants, quangocrats and other officials – working to frustrate the referendum result.
The Conservatives are not going to win the hearts and minds of the British people by proposing Labour-lite policies. There must be something different on offer.
With a limited number of exceptions such as Euratom, we need to take back control of regulation from continent-wide agencies with which we are a poor fit.
In large part, it has taken the post-truth idea up because of its own electoral weakness – and the feeling that it may not be just temporary.
We must return to open, transparent political patronage. You can place plum jobs beyond scrutiny and accountability, but not above politics.
Plus: Zac’s chances, Jarvis’s speech, Stuart Ramsay’s great scoop. And: how long can it be before Carswell and Evans re-join the Conservatives?
Yet another UN body has launched an attack on the policies of a democratically elected British government.
As Matthew Elliott pointed out yesterday, there’s a long way to go. But there’s a story of progress in key appointments that should be told.
I’ve set out our ambition to have the best digital government offering in the G7 by the time of the next election. We are well on the way to meeting that.
Stephen Kinnock’s progress towards the Commons highlights a role reversal.
More than three years after the election, why is an Ed Balls stooge on the public payroll backing a smacking ban?
The DCLG only funds those who lobby against their policies
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter. For all Francis Maude's ultra-modernising views, his Conservative roots run very deep: after all, his father, Angus Maude, was Margaret Thatcher's Paymaster-General and co-author, with Enoch Powell, of Biography of a Nation. In his time, man who now holds the same post as his father has been a Treasury […]