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Lunch with... Sir Bob Kerslake

Outgoing DCLG perm sec and former head of the civil service Sir Bob Kerslake chews the fat with Jess Bowie Who? Unconfident civil servants I was slightly surprised when I arrived in Whitehall at just how reserved and lacking in confidence the civil service was. Then, I think, being able to move some key issues on for the civil service. So you need [...] Read more ...

via Civilserviceworld
2 Mar 2015

Miliband's Nick Clegg Tuition Fees Moment

“I made you a promise on tuition fees. I will keep my promise” said Ed Miliband on Friday as he outlined Labour’s plans to reduce student tuition fees to £6,000. But back during the Labour leadership election in 2010, one candidate could not have been clearer about where they stood on the issue: “I would introduce fairer funding for higher [...] Read more ...

via Order-order
2 Mar 2015

Budget 2015: There could not be a better time for the Chancellor to find a spare £5bn down the back of his sofa

The first time I heard the words “David Cameron” was during the 1992 general election campaign. Steve Hilton, seconded from Conservative Central Office to Saatchi & Saatchi, told me to look out for this guy called David Cameron because he was going to be prime minister one day. I mention this now because of the similarities between then and now [...] Read more ...

via Independent
2 Mar 2015

Campbell Sells His Sol to the Tories

Yesterday Sol Campbell said he was taking things “step by step” when asked on Sky if he would run in Kensington. Today Tory HQ have already got him putting his name to cringey campaign emails to young activists: From: Sol Campbell  Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 12:06 PM Subject: Your chance to defend for England To: xxx Dear xxx I know what i [...] Read more ...

via Order-order
2 Mar 2015

RIP Google Plus?

Google is splitting its social network apart, breaking it into “Photos” and “Streams” and leaving the fate of the often mocked Google+ service hanging in the balance. Read more ...

via Independent
2 Mar 2015

A new look for Parliament

The majority of the proposed flats are maisonettes, taking advantage of the existing double height spaces in the Houses of Parliament. 364 affordable flats could be built in the Palace of Westminster, and the taxpayer would save nearly £120 million over a five-year parliament in rent and staffing costs. The new look for Parliament retains the icon [...] Read more ...

via Generationrent
2 Mar 2015