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For many years, and especially the last ten, there has been a tendency for governments to dream up quick wheezes to address any issue which is in the news (often because campaigners put it there). This is because the steady flow and evolution of agreed policies has dried up.

Scoring Cameron’s first 100 days

Posted by Richard D North under 'Power To The People!' / Dare to be dull / The Initiative Blizzard on 10 August 2010. No comments.

David Cameron and his Con-Lib coalition have mostly impressed people interested in Britain’s governance as well as its politics. I am not quite so sure, yet… More »

Gordon Brown’s YouTube bloomer

Posted by Richard D North under 'Power To The People!' / Dare to be dull / Death of ideology / Presentation or policy? / The Initiative Blizzard / Uncategorized on 28 April 2009. No comments.

Gordon Brown took a lot of stick for his impromptu announcement of an initiative to clobber MPs’ expenses. It shows how careful you have to be when you go in for de haut en bas informal commnications on social media. More »

Yes Minister, we work for the public interest

Posted by Richard D North under 'Power To The People!' / The Initiative Blizzard on 18 November 2008. No comments.

There was a rather depressing discussion on the Today show. It followed publication of Liam Byrne’s mildly assertive¬†ministerial memo setting out how he liked his private office to be run. As usual, the Man In Whitehall was portrayed as a sly tyrant. More »

Gordon “The Rock” Brown is a fantasy

Posted by Richard D North under Dare to be dull / Presentation or policy? / The Initiative Blizzard on 11 October 2008. No comments.

Gordon Brown is the most remarkable case of perception management we have yet seen in politics. He casts himself as the nation’s rock in a metdown, but even now he seems incapable of the modesty and honesty which would make for good government. More »

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