So What Would You Do?


In December I appeared as a witness before two Select Committees in the Westminster parliament: the Treasury Committee (TSC) which was responding to the government’s Pre-Budget Report; and the Public Administration Committee (PASC) which was investigating what standards of ‘good government’ might look like.

(You can see the evidence at TSC and PASC)

One of the awkward questions I got asked at both was along the lines of “so what would you do?” I confess that my answers weren’t as well thought through as they might have been – so in January I wrote an article for Public Finance which set out some of the things I thought the government should be doing – including wiring British homes with optical fibre; a high-speed rail system; and reforms of Whitehall and the civil service. You can read the full article here.

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About Colin Talbot

Professor of Government. Universities of Cambridge and Manchester, England.
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