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The Challenge of Public Communications

Review  -  Vernie Oliveiro

In an episode of the BBC television series The Thick of It, a Minister is tasked with announcing to a classroom of teenagers a new policy encouraging young people to develop mobile phone apps. The problem is twofold: first, the Minister does not know the policy, and second, the Minister is something of a Luddite who cannot tell the difference between “downloading” and “uploading”.

Evolving the Centre of Government: Three Key Insights

Opinion  -  Vernie Oliveiro

For centres of government to play a meaningful role in coordinating state responses to complex issues, they should be clear and purposeful about their impact on the public sector at large