Government and ‘independent expertise’: think tanks represent a blind spot for critical analysis


Drawing on recent research about UK think tanks, austerity and social policy, Hartwig Pautz and Elke Heins examine the relationship between government and the world of ‘independent expertise’. Focusing on one example, the Centre for Social Justice’s influence over Conservative ministers’ social policies, they … Continue reading

Iain Duncan Smith: “On time and on budget” just one more lie from a man who has lied to the public for years


This morning IDS made a typically gruff appearance on the Radio 4 Today programme to defend his mismanagement of the Universal Credit roll-out. During the interview he repeated his well worn lie that the project will be delivered “on time … Continue reading

Public Accounts Committee says Iain Duncan Smith’s Universal Credit project is guilty of “shocking failures in management” and is an “unmitigated disaster” (video)

"Not clever enough": IDS is an unmitigated disaster and a ministerial failure

Today the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, said that Iain Duncan Smith‘s flagship policy, universal credit, was: “an unmitigated disaster of extraordinary proportions in every aspect of the programme so far”.   To add insult to injury, today’s Times newspaper … Continue reading

“Mismanagement” and a “lack of transparency” – just an average day in coalition government


Hardly a week passes without another report of incompetent ministers mismanaging major governmental policy implementation.  Last time it was IDS’s £300m cock-up at the DWP and this week it’s Jeremy Hunt and £1.2bn of public funds (for the hard of counting … Continue reading

£334m written-off or mismanaged by Iain Duncan Smith in Universal Credit “disaster”


Well it took longer than I expected (fully three years) but it has finally started to happen in earnest. After a few false starts, this government’s fakery and statistical misrepresentations have been unable to cover up the disastrous effects of … Continue reading