Top news today: tsars, independence referendum, civil service reform
Author: Zoe Stavri
Published on Sep 18, 2012
In the news today, the Coalition are appointing policy advisers faster than Tony Blair’s government, the UK insists the Scottish independence referendum must be a single question, and Francis Maude has commissioned a study to help reform the civil service.
TSARS IN THEIR EYES: HOW THE COALITION IS APPOINTING ADVISERS FASTER THAN TONY BLAIR- Tony Blair famously appointed more policy advisers- tsars- than the Russian Empire. The Coalition is appointing tsars at an even faster rate. How much power should these unelected officials have?
SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: UK LAYS DOWN REFERENDUM LAW- The Scottish government will only have the power to hold the independence referendum if they ask a single question as to whether Scotland leaves the UK or not. Is this the best way of representing the views of the Scottish people?
MINISTER COMMISSIONS STUDY INTO CIVIL SERVICE REFORM- Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has commissioned think-tank IPPR to conduct a study into how to make the civil service more effective and accountable. What do you think should change about the civil service?