David Walker

David Walker

David Walker is contributing editor to the Guardian’s Public Leaders Network and former director of public reporting at the Audit Commission.

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In the public interest

David Walker

As Carillion goes into liquidation, David Walker looks at how so much of the private sector has been outsourced  Over the past three decades a significant slice of our public realm has been ‘externalised’, contracted out, alienated – handed over to business to supply. In refuse collection, RAF pilot training, gardening in the Royal Parks,…

Richard Schneider

The dismembered state

David Walker, Polly Toynbee

It has been undermined by ideology and eroded by cuts. Yet, Polly Toynbee and David Walker argue, only the state can protect and provide for the common good More than ever, Labour needs to reclaim the state. For too long we have shied away from the very word. Now, with a cabinet set on its…


DevoManc: A rush to devolve political blame?

David Walker

Fabians have been intensely involved in the NHS since its birth and long may our engagement – as clinicians, NHS staff, analysts and political supporters of the collective interest in good health – continue. Our aim is, at one and the same time, to secure good care for all while ensuring it is financially supported….