Britain’s uncertain European future – POLITICO

Here’s an outstanding, must-read article, by Robin Niblett, director of Chatham House, the think-tank. Check it out!

via Britain’s uncertain European future – POLITICO.

Let me cite from Chatham House’s Wikipedia listing:

In the University of Pennsylvania’s 2014 Global Go To Think Tanks Report, Chatham House is ranked the second most influential think tank in the world after the Brookings Institution, and the world’s most influential non-U.S. think tank. In 2009, Chatham House was also named the top non-U.S. think tank by Foreign Policy magazine, which listed it as one of the top “scholars” for being among a handful of stars of the think-tank world who are regularly relied upon to set agendas and craft new initiatives.

The article concludes that David Cameron trying to renegotiate with the EU ahead of a 2017 referendum is a safer bet than other alternatives.

One alternative is Ed Miliband trying to kick the issue down the road but as time goes on the issue is likely to be more problematic, including for a Labour Government.

Secondly, if Cameron loses to Miliband, the next Tory team is likely to be much more anti-Europe, so again dealing with the issue downstream is putting off an escalating challenge.

Once again, David Cameron is looking like a safe pair of hands.


Opinion – Roundtable: How best to identify the leaders the NHS needs | Supplements | Health Service Journal

English: East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

English: East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NHS Job Shop:

NHS Job Shop: “Working for Health” in Kentish Town. Closed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the UK’s general election a few days away and the NHS a critical issue, this article provides some additional context on leadership. It’s a good read.

via Roundtable: How best to identify the leaders the NHS needs | Supplements | Health Service Journal.

Personally, I think the article misses the point, as leadership is surely secondary to a cohesive strategy? As the general election is highlighting, the NHS is a highly political organization, and policies vary markedly from one government to the next.

Surely, it’s time to put strategy first in the UK public sector, especially in the case of healthcare?