Big Society

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Local Government & Education Policy: A Transition to Participative Governance or Chaos Dominated by Chain Academies?

I recently took part in a Guardian debate on the role of local authorities in education and thought of writing this blog to elaborate on the gap in education policy. The government policy on academies and free schools is premised on the idea that increased diversity of institutions with freedom to innovate and distinguish themselves will … Continue reading

Reflecting on Foucault, Feminism and Rape…

The other day, referring to Foucault views and the various feminist perspectives including Susan Brownmiller’s, I raised Foucault’s question “Is rape the same as a punch in the face?”  My reference to that question was motivated by two factors: firstly, as I’ll describe later in this blog post, I think it is outrageous that some people seem to … Continue reading

Future of LocalGov: Local government in 2020: challenges and opportunities

Original article published on The Guardian Local Government Network How will councils clear the hurdles they face, from scarce resources to making the most of social media? There are a host of challenges that face local government in the 21st century: delivering services; lack of finance; managing staff; engaging citizens; forming new partnerships; and, rapidly evolving technologies and … Continue reading

David Cameron orders integration of health and social care

As is quite evident from this blog, due to various commitments and lack of time, I rarely blog. However, David Cameron has just ordered health and social care services to be brought together in order to benefit patients in a move which government advisers are calling the NHS‘s most urgent overhaul. This integration of services seems to be motivated by cost cutting … Continue reading

Speech at the House of Lords

Below is my short speech for my appointment as the Ambassador of Progressive Muslims Forum, UK. at the House of Lords. I am pleased for receiving the achievement award for my work in relation with human rights, equality & diversity, and social cohesion at the Parliamentary Reception of PMF-UK.   THE HOUSE OF LORDS Speech by Claudia Megele … Continue reading

Growing in the Heart…

The pupils of the first grade were discussing a photo of a family. In the picture, the hair of the youngest boy was of a different color than that of the rest of family. One of the boys in the class thought that the boy was adopted, to which a girl from the class said: … Continue reading

Passover

Today is the first day of the Jewish festival of Passover (Pesach) which is one of the most widely celebrated festivities in Jewish year. Passover marks the biblical event of exodus from Egypt. It is a celebration of the Jews journey from Egypt of tyranny to the promised land of freedom and equality.  Passover enwraps … Continue reading

Independent Commission on Banking Report

Below are what I consider to be some of the more important highlights of the Independent Commission on Banking released last Monday (April 11, 2011). Reform on Capital Standards: “The Commission’s view is that the 10 percent equity baseline should become the international standard for systemically important banks, and that it should apply to large … Continue reading

Fabric of Society

Examining the relationship between science and society, in the latter quarter of the last century, we note a significant shift from science setting the stage for society to the society setting the agenda for science. Indeed, the focus of knowledge and knowledge generation changed from the application of knowledge to the knowledge produced in the … Continue reading

The “Big Society” and the “small folks”

The Big Society has signified and evoked various meanings in history ranging from Max Weber’s “gemeinschaft” (community), social consciousness and solidarity to totalitarianism and repression of public opinion under the name of a “greater good”. However, in today’s socio-economic and political context, the Big Society seems to be more of a vacuous concept which only … Continue reading

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