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Friday 7th October 2011

"The Health and Social Care Bill is bad policy and bad politics – but its biggest limitation might be that it fundamentally misses the point"

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Rarely out of the headlines in recent months, the Bill has achieved a rather unenviable feat: it seems to have brought together an impressive array of normally uneasy bedfellows in opposition to the proposed changes. Clinicians, managers, policy makers, researchers, think tanks, charities and others rarely all agree – but all seem united in their hostility to the Bill and increasingly unafraid to voice their concerns. Even the businessman, Gerry Robinson, popped up on Panorama to tell the Health Secretary that the changes won't work and could spell the end of the NHS as we know it – that the lack of strategic planning and accountability inherent in the proposed new system was simply bad business and bad management.
Date:
Friday 7th October 2011
Categories:
Social Sciences
Tuesday 23rd August 2011

After Gaddafi – three questions for Libya and one on the region

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As Colonel Gaddafi's 42 years in charge of Libya draw to a seemingly climactic end – the dramatic scenes in Tripolil leave a series of questions that need to be urgently answered.
Date:
Tuesday 23rd August 2011
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
Thursday 18th August 2011

The riots, values and the role of education

The riots, values and the role of education
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Last week thousands of young people spontaneously rioted in a number of English cities for no apparent reason. In the aftermarth of the riots there have been many calls for the renewal of public and private virtues. We appear to want to change people for the better and so improve the quality of public life.
Date:
Thursday 18th August 2011
Categories:
Social Sciences
Friday 29th July 2011

Cash or Credit? UK public spending cuts and the IMF

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George Osborne has doggedly fought back at critics of the government's austerity strategy, repeating the mantra that sustaining the 'policy credibility' of UK plc with financial markets and investors is the paramount challenge facing this parliament. This week the Chancellor of the Exchequer has been able to draw on an apparent endorsement from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for his agenda of public spending cuts and the Coalition's broader economic policy choices. But is the IMF's 'endorsement' all that the Chancellor makes it out to be?
Date:
Friday 29th July 2011
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
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