Monthly Archives: September 2010

Cut the tax on real ale

The news that consumption of real ale is rising and the number of small breweries increasing can only be good but, to make sure these trends continue, now is surely the right time to reduce the tax on real ale. I am, I confess, … Continue reading

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Is the public sector inefficient?

Is the public sector inefficient? Public and Commercial Services Union boss Mark Serwotka clearly thinks not: There does not need to be a single penny taken away from a single public service, or a single job lost. Merseyside’s chief fire … Continue reading

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My first Big Society #fail

In the spirit of the Big Society, I decided to go along to my local community forum last night. It has been set up to help revitalise the part of London where I live and to get people involved in … Continue reading

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Caste discrimination may be outlawed in the UK

This story hasn’t had much coverage in the British press. According to The Hindu, India’s left-ish English-language broadsheet, the UK government is about to outlaw discrimination on the basis of caste. The Equality Act 2010 empowers the government to do this … Continue reading

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Don’t expect too much from the Big Society

Earlier this month, Manchester Business School’s Colin Talbot dismissed the suggestion that the Big Society could take over the role of the state: Rather like the fish swimming in the sea has no concept of water, because it is all around … Continue reading

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A masterclass in public speaking

Here’s another in the occasional Friday Funny series. This man wants to be County Treasurer and is making his pitch to potential supporters.  Clearly someone told him that he has to show passion and emotion. The trouble is, he keeps … Continue reading

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MP dismisses tabloid ranting – more of this please!

I’d never heard of Graham Stuart until today but he is displaying just the sort of behaviour that I said we needed more of, in my post yesterday. In case you missed the story, Sharon Shoesmith has been asked to … Continue reading

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The cost of a media-led outcry

In two articles in yesterday’s Guardian, Patrick Butler warns of Armageddon in children’s services. A combination of spending cuts and the increased pressure on councils following the Baby P case have, he says, stretched children’s services budgets to breaking point: Making cuts to services is … Continue reading

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Command and control works, up to a point

Although it’s not very trendy among academics and HR professionals, the command and control approach to management still has its advocates, as Glyn Lumley noted in his post yesterday. Command and control feels safe. You tell people what to do … Continue reading

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There is no such thing as a rogue operator

Last week, the News of the World suspended one of its reporters after complaints were made about illegal phone hacking. Senior managers at the newspaper claim that this is a one-off incident which they are treating as a potential breach … Continue reading

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