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OPINION: From spad to good? After Timothy and Hill, now is the time to end government by fear and abuse

12 June 2017

The former DWP permanent secretary argues for a return to civility in the corridors of power, and offers his tips for preventing the ascendance of overmighty special advisers whose presence crushes open debate and discussion

Meet the minister: a civil servant’s guide to the first day with the new boss

12 June 2017

A cabinet minister’s first day at their new department can set the tone for years to come. Andrew Greenway recalls those early encounters

Same difference? How the GDPR will differ from the DPA – and what public servants need to do now

9 June 2017

For a public sector only just beginning to adapt to the demands of digital data, the looming General Data Protection Regulation obligations could be alarming. Jane Roberts of Toplevel asks how the GDPR will differ from existing legislation

Opinion: How to run a constitutional convention

6 June 2017

There is an increasing clamour for a constitutional convention in the UK to review devolution and design a post-Brexit blueprint. Alan Renwick and Robert Hazell set out the key features for such a review.

Policymaker turned gamekeeper: what happens when civil servants move into regulation

5 June 2017

Martin Stanley recalls his own shift into the world of watchdogs and introduces his new ‘Understanding Regulation’ website

Jane Dudman: Who needs experts? We all do

31 May 2017

Prime minister Theresa May can’t afford to shut herself off from good, impartial advice

Running to catch up? How the public and charity sectors are more similar than you think

25 May 2017

Dan Corry, former special adviser and head of the charity think tank NPC, argues that the public and charity sectors must learn from each other as they face joint challenges of capacity, governance and transformation

Environment researchers gagged during general election

23 May 2017

Over-zealous application of 'purdah' rules are having worrying consequences for environmental discussions, argues Bob Ward of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

NHS hack: Lessons for the civil service from WanaCrypt0r cyber attack

16 May 2017

Last week's cyber hack exploited weaknesses in widely used computing systems across the public sector, particularly the NHS. Leaders need to get better at evaluating the small risk of very serious harm and getting vulnerabilities onto ministerial agendas