Opinion

  • Public Finance
    16 Jan 09
    The charges against International Financial Reporting Standards and International Public Sector Accounting Standards — that they produce confusing and even inaccurate accounts — are not entirely the...
  • Public Finance
    16 Jan 09
    PAUL O'BRIEN | PF’s round table on outsourcing discussed burning issues for the future of public services.
  • Public Finance
    16 Jan 09
    PETER MARSH | Public participation should not be limited to TV talent shows.
  • Public Finance
    16 Jan 09
    MIKE THATCHER | The timing could have been better. Launching a social mobility white paper in the midst of what business leaders call a ‘frightening deterioration’ in the UK’s economic prospects...
  • Public Finance
    16 Jan 09
    CHRISTIAN WOLMAR | Every January, the New Year opens with bad news about the railways.
  • Public Finance
    9 Jan 09
    Jessica Crowe’s interesting article got tantalisingly close to the reason why councils are in a pickle over accountability
  • Public Finance
    9 Jan 09
    According to your news story, the CBI has called on the government to set up an independent commission to examine public sector pensions
  • Public Finance
    9 Jan 09
    Stephen Court’s article on higher education does not adequately anticipate the problem of oversupply
  • Public Finance
    9 Jan 09
    MIKE THATCHER | The death last week of Sir Alan Walters can be seen as a symbolic end to the domination of the free market in Western politics.
  • Public Finance
    9 Jan 09
    PETER RIDDELL | Is big government on the way back? Next to the length and depth of the recession, the central question in British politics this year will be about the role of the state.
  • Public Finance
    19 Dec 08
    MIKE THATCHER | Christmas cheer is in very short supply at the moment. Unemployment is up, inflation is morphing into deflation and the pound is heading inexorably towards parity with the euro.
  • Public Finance
    19 Dec 08
    COLIN TALBOT | I was in Croatia a couple of weeks ago advising their government on how (not) to do public management reform and discovered that they had cancelled Christmas!
  • Public Finance
    12 Dec 08
    MIKE THATCHER | There might be clear blue water between the Conservatives and Labour on the economy, but on welfare reform there appears to be a strong consensus.
  • Public Finance
    12 Dec 08
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | The parliamentary Christmas recess, which starts next week, cannot come quickly enough for Michael Martin, the embattled Commons speaker.
  • Public Finance
    5 Dec 08
    MIKE THATCHER | Who’d be a social worker? Damned if you do intervene, damned if you don’t – and now, thrice damned for the systemic dereliction of duty that culminated in the horrific death of Baby...
  • Public Finance
    5 Dec 08
    MELISSA BENN | This week’s announcements of stringent welfare measures have just a whiff of Groundhog Day about them. Those ministers with longer political memories, including the prime minister...
  • Public Finance
    28 Nov 08
    MIKE THATCHER | So, it’s back to politics as normal. The Tories have even revived their ‘tax bombshell’ poster campaign – credited with helping them to win the 1992 election – following Labour’s...
  • Public Finance
    28 Nov 08
    PETER HETHERINGTON | Invoking yet again the late environment secretary Anthony Crosland’s warning to the nation in 1975, one of the larger management consultancies specialising in local government...
  • Public Finance
    21 Nov 08
    MIKE THATCHER | So this is it. The die is cast. The battle lines have been drawn. By ripping up his pledge to match Labour’s spending plans, David Cameron has apparently opened up clear political...
  • Public Finance
    21 Nov 08
    PETER WILBY | What George Osborne, the shadow chancellor, is really saying is: ‘It’s not fair.’ Look at it from his point of view.
  • Public Finance
    14 Nov 08
    MIKE THATCHER | We’re all tax cutters now. All the main political parties are united in their support for a tax reduction to help the country deal with what is likely to be a very deep recession.
  • Public Finance
    14 Nov 08
    DAVID LIPSEY | Barack Obama’s victory in the US presidential election was a personal triumph, but it was also a triumph for the centre-Left.
  • Public Finance
    7 Nov 08
    MIKE THATCHER | It was a no-win situation for the health secretary. On the controversial issue of top-up fees, Alan Johnson knew he would be upbraided by the unions if he said ‘yes’ and pilloried...
  • Public Finance
    7 Nov 08
    PETER RIDDELL | Lower interest rates, definitely. Even the cautious members of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee accept that.
  • Public Finance
    31 Oct 08
    MIKE THATCHER | Those who feared that the government was about to embark on a reckless spending spree may now sleep safer in their beds.

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