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Liam Booth-Smith

Liam Booth-Smith

Let’s scrap election by thirds

Voters, according to Katie Ghose of the Electoral Reform Society, just don’t think local elections matter. True to form, we…

May 9, 2016

Retiring at 75 is worth celebrating

If you’re under 35 and not a trustafarian or an internet millionaire, did you seriously think you’d be retiring at…

March 7, 2016

Bad Behavioural Economics

In their 2008 book Nudge, Thaler and Sunstein dedicate a whole chapter, entitled Objections, to various criticisms of behavioural economics….

February 5, 2016

The Evidence Against Interest: David Cameron and children’s services

Ok, I thought, as I saw the news filter through that the Prime Minister had decided now was the time…

December 17, 2015

The Peril of Public Service Oligopoly

This article comes with a health warning: Share price is not a completely accurate reflection of the real value or…

November 18, 2015

What binds the EU and Devolution debates?

In his 1941 essay collection, The Lion and Unicorn, George Orwell remarked that “In England patriotism takes different forms in…

November 11, 2015

Tax credits and the productivity puzzle

Being anti tax-credit cuts puts you in a seriously eclectic camp. We have the Labour Party, the new and fragile…

October 27, 2015

The Spending Review Cometh

Find your nearest stack of recent local government trade magazines and place your hands above them. Can you feel the…

September 28, 2015

How big is your impact?

There is something altogether tragic about the media furore surrounding the Kids Company charity. Positively Shakespearian. To some their maligned…

August 4, 2015

Budget 2015: Councils Need To Pay Special Attention To Productivity

Productivity has been slowing down in the UK for a number of years now (and many other developed nations for…

July 7, 2015

Local Government: The Opera

In the final scenes of Don Giovanni, our titular protagonist is escorted down to the depths of the underworld. His maligned…

May 28, 2015

How to Build an INSIGHT Hub

The idea of an ‘Intelligence Hub’ isn’t novel. There have been a range of attempts at creating a function that…

April 17, 2015

The Inflection Point Launched Today

The late political thinker and pollster Philip Gould once remarked that historic moments of change can be marked up as…

March 26, 2015

A Commission Too Far?

The Independent Commission on Local Government Finance is right to call for councils to become financially self-sufficient. It makes a…

February 20, 2015

Perspective Matters When Building Something New

I hope the LGC Insider, the local government chief-executive-come-silhouetted-columnist, feels better after his Christmas break. His latest offering is bleak…

December 9, 2014


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