The Twitter effect

Since the first Tweet was sent in 2006, Twitter has become the mouthpiece of almost 650 million users: a sizeable digital chorus…

Posted by Events on March 13th, 2014

The bingo Budget

The bunny budget quickly became the bingo budget. When Grant Shapps tweeted CCHQ’s latest viral poster saying beer and bingo was what hardworking…

Posted by Events on March 20th, 2014

Should welfare be a ‘moral mission’?

I was asked today to comment on the unfolding dispute between the Archbishop of Westminster and David Cameron regarding the ‘morality’ of…

Posted by Events on February 19th, 2014

Bottom-up public services

Yesterday, Ed Miliband set out his party’s vision for a more responsive, more accountable state. While he acknowledged the need for…

Posted by Events on February 11th, 2014

#BenefitsStreet

I’ve rarely seen a programme talked about as much as Channel 4’s documentary Benefits Street.

The kitchen sink drama has…

Posted by Events on February 11th, 2014

People Power

Ed Miliband is due to give the Hugo Young Lecture next week. It comes at a time when the opposition…

Posted by Events on February 7th, 2014

Mind the gap

GCSE figures released last week show that the gap in attainment between richer and poorer students is widening. Demos analysis of the…

Posted by Events on January 27th, 2014

Mixed messages weaken families’ relationships

There is a growing tension between the role of public services in supporting families, and sanctioning their behaviour. This may strike some…

Posted by Events on January 21st, 2014

When the going gets tough

It is becoming clear that the run up to the general election will increasingly turn into a game of one-upmanship. With each…

Posted by Events on January 20th, 2014

Government as ‘shop steward’

Last week I posted the first blog in a short series on what a new Department for Economic Reform might look to do and…

Posted by Events on January 17th, 2014

The true cost of the cap

The benefit cap statistics released last week provoked predictable reactions – finding 33,000 households were subject to the cap led the Daily…

Posted by Events on January 14th, 2014

A tactical retreat?

‘The Tories will take…

Posted by Events on March 20th, 2015

Will other parties follow the (Labour) Leader?