Review: On Liberty by Shami Chakrabarti

Frank Judd, Nicole Piché

Like John Stuart Mill’s 1859 treatise of the same name, On Liberty is a timely wake-up call. But while Mill was an establishment figure deploying the philosophical reasoning of utilitarianism to decry tyranny, Chakrabarti, having forsaken the establishment, engages in a direct attack from the frontline. Formerly a Home Office high-flyer, as Director of Liberty…


How Labour could get public procurement right

Samuel Townend

One of the major and traditionally undervalued economic and social tools that government has available to it is the way that it spends public money on private business. UK public procurement expenditure accounts for about £227bn a year, of which about £45bn is by government departments (the remainder being mainly health and local authorities). It…