Opinion

  • Public Finance
    2 Jul 09
    MIKE THATCHER | It was a good week for those who prefer their public services to be run by the state. Not only did the government announce it was taking over the East Coast Main Line rail franchise,...
  • Public Finance
    30 Jun 09
    GILL HUNTER | The government’s plans for citizen empowerment set out in Building Britain’s Future have rightly grabbed media attention, but it’s by focusing on public sector innovation that the...
  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 09
    CARL EMMERSON | In Prime Minister's Questions last week Gordon Brown and David Cameron clashed over the government's plans for spending on investment in public services
  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 09
    STEVE FREER | One of the many interesting contributions to the CIPFA conference came from Philip Hammond, the shadow chief secretary
  • Public Finance
    29 Jun 09
    MIKE THATCHER | It seems that innovation is the new buzzword for the public sector. With money tight and getting tighter, we all have to look for fresh ways to deliver services. Thinking the...
  • Public Finance
    26 Jun 09
    GAIL CARTMAIL | A huge drive to construct social housing is vital to cut waiting lists and generate jobs
  • Public Finance
    26 Jun 09
    STEPHEN CIRELL AND JOHN BENNETT | There are some legal lessons that councils can learn from the recent case of London Authorities Mutual Ltd
  • Public Finance
    26 Jun 09
    JOHN THORNTON | Decide now if you’re going to let data streamline or swamp your organisation
  • Public Finance
    25 Jun 09
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | John Bercow’s election as Speaker has been seen as the triumph of the common man over the old Etonian. In reality, Parliament is in serious danger.
  • Public Finance
    24 Jun 09
    Looking across the remaining cranes on the sunny Manchester skyline, CIPFA members at their conference could be forgiven for believing the city is still booming despite the recession. In fact, the...
  • Public Finance
    24 Jun 09
    CONOR RYAN | The modernising new Speaker John Bercow has a lot going for him. He has successfully overseen his first Prime Ministers' Questions, earning plaudits for his timely interventions and...
  • Public Finance
    23 Jun 09
    COLIN TALBOT | Speaker Bercow clearly has his work cut out for him. Not least because his own former Conservative party colleagues clearly loathe him and some have been making extremely injudicious...
  • Public Finance
    19 Jun 09
    JUDY HIRST | The news that Number 10 has appointed yet another new communications supremo has been greeted with a certain amount of derision. And not just because it’s the fourth shake-up of Gordon...
  • Public Finance
    18 Jun 09
    MATTHEW PARRIS | Long-term projects can grind to a halt when a government runs out of steam. A new approach, pioneered by the transport secretary, might be the way forward
  • Public Finance
    18 Jun 09
    IAN CARRUTHERS | As the role of the chief financial officer becomes more ever critical, new CIPFA guidance clarifies the main requirements for the post
  • Public Finance
    12 Jun 09
    PETER WILBY | Labour is in a hole because it no longer has a vision or an ideology to cling to – and its government is stuffed full of yesterday’s men and women
  • Public Finance
    12 Jun 09
    MIKE THATCHER | Having survived only by his well-bitten fingertips, the prime minister is in full hairshirt mode
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 09
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | It’s been a bad week for women in politics. Within the space of a few days, Jacqui Smith and Hazel Blears have resigned from the Cabinet
  • Public Finance
    5 Jun 09
    IAIN MACWHIRTER l When it comes to expenses, members of the Scottish Parliament are basking in a virtuous glow. Maybe that’s because, unlike their Westminster counterparts, they have to disclose...
  • Public Finance
    5 Jun 09
    COLIN TALBOT l David Cameron’s rhetoric on reforming Westminster sounds great, but a dissection of his policies reveals a lack of substance. Instead of being an enemy of democracy, bureaucracy...
  • Public Finance
    5 Jun 09
    MIKE THATCHER | It was unfortunate timing, to say the least. The decision by the communities and local government secretary to resign one day ahead of the council and European elections breached...
  • Public Finance
    29 May 09
    CHRIS LESLIE l Joined-up working is crucial if councils are to improve services. This is particularly true for the local environment, where better use of technology and improved management can...
  • Public Finance
    29 May 09
    JOHN BERRIMAN l Public sector finance directors face competing demands and ever-tighter budgets. They will need to improve leadership skills, address culture change and offer more insight into...
  • Public Finance
    29 May 09
    JUDY HIRST | Amid all the sturm und drang over cleaning up politics, and ahead of the June 4 local and European elections, politicians are competing to demonstrate their power-to-the-people...
  • Public Finance
    29 May 09
    DAVID LIPSEY | Some twenty years ago, David Owen’s Social Democratic Party was wound up after the party finished behind the Monster Raving Loony Party in a by-election.

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