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A Swing to the Left for Labour

A big change has happened for the Labour party with the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the UK party. Clearly, the ideological space that he is taking the party into is the left of the political spectrum … Continue reading
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Governance in the Fire and Rescue Service

Over recent months I have been working with a colleague, Dr Jacqueline Baxter from the Open University on a comparative governance paper focusing on education, health, policing and the fire and rescue services. The key issue to emerge is the … Continue reading
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The 2015 General Election Results: Why did the ‘experts’ get it wrong?

Voting is a big decision.  When results of elections are a surprise – as happened on 7 May, following an exit poll which flatly contradicted the accumulated predictions of weeks and months of opinion polls taken by different organisations – … Continue reading
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Election 2015 – A New Majority Government, Three Party Leaders Down and a Review of the Voting System

It was very clear from the ‘exit poll’ published at 10pm on election night, that politics was going to be very different in the morning.   Three days on, we have a new Conservative government and have lost the leaders … Continue reading
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Diverse politics is here to stay

While the battle buses are parked and the bunting packed away, amidst the uncertainty facing the UK after the general election, one thing is for certain. The fringe parties have gone mainstream, and the bigger parties had better get used … Continue reading
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The Williams Report: A Challenge to Higher Education

Contributed by Professor Tony Beddow, Visiting Professor at Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care, University of South Wales   The Williams Report seeks to prompt an improvement in the leadership and management of public service in Wales. It issues … Continue reading
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Women in Public Life

As I write this, I am aware of the huge advances there have been in relation to the presence of women in public life. When I think of the senior positions in our Universities, police and other public services, we … Continue reading
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Treat scrutiny support as professional practice

As a scrutiny support team working in local government in Wales, we have been thinking about our work as professional practice, trying to get underneath what this means and considering how we can improve what we do. I’m not sure … Continue reading
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Wales Public Services – Joining Services, Governance and Scrutiny

Catherine’s blog on governance and scrutiny (26th September 2013) was spot-on in highlighting the complexities and difficulties associated with achieving real public accountability in the modern public services world. The debate in local government seems stuck on how many local … Continue reading
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Reflecting on some key findings from the Public Service Governance and Delivery Commission in Wales:

Some key findings from the Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery in Wales lead us to reflect on where we are with public services in Wales. Whilst there is a lot of evidence of good practice emerging, the commission … Continue reading
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