Claire Fox is director of the Institute of Ideas
No easy answers to knife crime
Public bodies should not have to be made to shoulder the responsibility for reporting gangs, writes Claire Fox. She says shifting the responsibility for this on to frontline workers is a wrong-headed distraction.
Should the state be able to strip citizenship so easily?
In any meaningful sense, Shamima Begum is a British citizen, even if she despises what Britain stands for, says Claire Fox. ‘She was born, raised and radicalised here. We need to “own” that, no matter how unpalatable’, she adds.
Be wary of good intentions
New Year’s resolution: however nasty social media might get, don’t let’s lobby for even more powers for Facebook, Twitter or the Met Police to brand what is difficult as hate, argues Claire Fox
Say ‘no’ to municipal censorship
When grassroots activists proactively engage in the democratic process, they should be allowed to do so without municipal censorship, argues Claire Fox
Tolerate each other’s freedoms
In the wake of Boris Johnson’s burqa comments, Claire Fox calls for less knee-jerk reaction.
Is the gender pay gap a myth?
Claire Fox ask whether dodgy data is holding back the real debate about the perceived gap in pay between men and women.
Youth vote is not the answer
Claire Fox argues that extending the vote to 16-year-olds is a distraction from the failure to enthuse 18-plus adults to vote.
Social workers mad at a TV drama need to relax
Channel 4’s social work-centred drama Kiri has been swept up in a Twitterstorm, with social workers decrying the apparent misrepresentation of their profession. Claire Fox’s response: get over yourselves.
#MeToo’s unintended consequences
Prescriptive procedures can result in workplace relations becoming over-policed and more toxic than the problem they are supposed to be tackling, writes Claire Fox
Will the race audit lead to a fairer society?
Claire Fox doubts the Government's recently announced audit into racial disparities in public services will lead to a fairer society.
Councils must be mindful of the dangers of rewriting history
Claire Fox explains why demanding the past conforms to our present-day beliefs and putting forward a version of history that can be manipulated to suit the present is so perilous.
Why we must protect parental autonomy
Councils and devolved authorities need to beware. The trend towards over-reach on child discipline threatens to create more standoffs between officialdom and parents, as Claire Fox explains.
Lessons from the ashes of Grenfell
As a tribute to those who have died at Grenfell, we should embark on well-constructed, good standard, mass housebuilding for all, writes Claire Fox.
Respecting the will of the people
Misreading the newly-invigorated electorate has become far too common. The political debate has been reframed through the Brexit prism and the wishes of the people need to be respected, writes Claire Fox.
Watering down workforce diversity
A recent report may hinder the way workforce diversity is perceived, writes Claire Fox.
What’s the right message?
Authorities flouting rules restricting the publication of town hall freesheets are in danger of creating their own echo chambers and undermining local democracy, as Claire Fox explains.
Channelling anxiety for good
More than a quarter of young people feel their ability to shape their own future is slipping away. Claire Fox argues they should empower themselves with genuine political engagement
Up in smoke
Claire Fox is ablaze about e-cigarette smokers’ rights and councils’ vetoes to ban vaping.
What councils can learn from Trump
The surprise result of the US election can show local government much about how to engage with local communities, argues Claire Fox
The real lesson from grammar schools
Claire Fox says opponents and champions of Theresa May’s grammar school strategy are overly fixated on ‘social mobility’ and have missed the purpose of education