Tag Archives: Eric Pickles

A Government unfit for purpose


Its easy to criticise Governments based on all sorts of criteria, running a nation is not easy. However today’s publication by the National Audit Office on the issue of Homelessness reveals holes in the fabric of the Government that are … Continue reading

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An argument for shared sovereignty


It is easy to feel resentful and critical when people espouse arguments which they previously denigrated and criticised as other people articulated the same points of view. However it is much more sensible to acknowledge that experience and understanding has … Continue reading

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We need a Government with integrity


Its time this Government took some of its own advice, particularly as doing so would save money which is in much shorter supply than it was, even when the advice was first given. In December 2012 the then Minister for … Continue reading

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A great idea, woefully executed


The value to both employers & employees of a well thought through, carefully planned scheme to release staff to volunteer in their communities is a good thing. There is plenty of evidence that this approach can as Eric Pickles is claiming improve productivity … Continue reading

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The men who stripped the roof


One of the regular phrases applied to the Brown/Blair Governments by the coalition when first arriving in office was that they failed to mend the roof whilst the sun was shining. The incomers made these accusations filled with confidence (or … Continue reading

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Bags and Fags


This morning two stories have reappeared, both are based on decisions taken personally by David Cameron and both relate to attempts to impact our  behaviour. They show an incoherence at the heart of our Government. This morning it appears that David Cameron is reconsidering his earlier decision to abort the … Continue reading

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How not to run a charity


The charitable sector is generally held in high regard by the population at large, but it is not perfect and there are some examples of charities and their Trustees acting in a manner that is in conflict with all reasonable … Continue reading

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