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The Q#2 quintet, and more

Here are the five posts on this blog that recorded the most hits between April and June 2014: Uncertain terrain: Issues and challenges facing housing associations (11th May 2013) Ed’s brave housing proposal (1st May) Welfare reforms: the evidence mounts (9th April) Why is Owen Jones so annoying? (4th July 2013) The […]

Making the case for the right to housing

There’s plenty happening in the housing world at the moment, and I’m not just talking about last week’s parallel Manchester gatherings at the CIH annual conference and the HACT House Party. We’ve seen IPPR launch a fuller version of its proposals for shifting housing subsidy away from housing […]

Learning implementation lessons

Chris Dillow draws our attention to the issue of policy implementation. He rightly argues that implementation is vitally important, but does not play well in the media. Unless, that is, something goes spectacularly wrong. The media tends to be more interested in the political “soap opera” or in […]

Strategic silences

I’ve been thinking a bit since Nick Clegg’s big speech on Monday. It was a speech intended primarily for the party faithful, rather than the broader public. Some of the shifts in position it signalled were only really going to be detected by those with well-tuned antennae. Some […]

Home, security and locatedness

There seems to be an awful lot of housing news and comment circulating just at the moment. And it isn’t just more of the same. The arguments for a change of gear on housing policy seem to be growing louder and more frequent. The housing sector, it’s argued, […]

Hashtags

I received an email today from someone relatively new to Twitter asking me about hashtags and how they are used. Below is an elaboration on the email I sent back. I thought there might be someone else out there who might find it useful. Hashtags have two quite […]

Going down fighting

My goodness the atmosphere around the Libdems is febrile at the moment. No sooner had it become clear that Friday’s Libdems4change petition was going to fizzle out than we learn of Lord Oakeshott’s freelance polling manoeuvre. It’s almost as if the timing of the leak of the poll […]

Inclusive capitalism

Mark Carney’s speech yesterday to an Inclusive Capitalism conference has attracted plenty of press coverage. And rightly so. It is a fascinating speech. But it is not necessarily fascinating for the arguments it sets out. The arguments are familiar. It is fascinating because it is Carney who is making […]

Storm in a Libdem teacup?

You might have thought we were currently in the eye of the storm. We’ve been through the pain of seeing more than 300 Libdem local councillors lose their seats. And today the results of the European Parliamentary elections will no doubt bring fresh horrors. So perhaps the intervening […]