Claire Fox

Claire Fox

Claire Fox is director of the Institute of Ideas
  • Why we must protect parental autonomy

    09 August 2017

    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

    21 June 2017

    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

    17 May 2017

    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

    11 April 2017

    A recent report may hinder the way workforce diversity is perceived, writes Claire Fox.


  • What’s the right message?

    22 March 2017

    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

    01 February 2017

    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

    13 December 2016

    Claire Fox is ablaze about e-cigarette smokers’ rights and councils’ vetoes to ban vaping.


  • What councils can learn from Trump

    16 November 2016

    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

    05 October 2016

    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


  • No lights out for nights out

    06 September 2016

    Written just before Islington LBCs decision on the future of Fabric nightclub, Claire Fox urges councils to combat nightclub closures and ditch their over-zealous approach to licensing


  • Relinquish your power

    20 July 2016

    Claire Fox says the time is right for local government to lead the charge against its own Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs)


  • Pull no punches

    15 June 2016

    The EU referendum debate has seen both sides branded vitriolic and divisive in equal measure. Yet Claire Fox says tough arguments are the lifeblood of democracy and should not be sanitised to avoid causing offence


  • Back to school

    17 May 2016

    After the High Court’s ruling on unauthorised school abscences, Claire Fox warns against the rising tide of ‘ludicrous’ local diktats affecting parents


  • Beware the Eurocrats’ agenda

    06 April 2016

    Claire Fox asks why is there not greater local government support for Brexit when serious questions over EU sovereignty remain unanswered.


  • Boycott illiberal bans

    01 March 2016

    Claire Fox says councils should be wary of playing politics under cover of taking the high ground in political movements and argues the case for establishing a balanced democratic discussion


  • Do we actually need to level the playing field?

    19 November 2015

    Claire Fox calls for a cool head over the issue of gender equality – and specifically – pay


  • How are we going to build our future?

    14 October 2015

    Although there are rightful concerns about border controls and an influx in population, newly-devolved councils must take the lead to get Britain building once more, writes Claire Fox


  • Don’t learn the wrong lessons

    18 August 2015

    Claire Fox examines the collapse of Kids Company and its impact on councils.


  • Not the end of the world

    26 May 2015

    The General Election result proved just how far removed the commenteriat – who dominate public discourse – is from the concerns and hopes of ordinary people, writes Claire Fox


  • A waste of space

    14 April 2015

    Claire Fox takes aim at local authorities for their zealous and bizarre use of Public Space Protection Orders for silencing the necessary noise and bustle of everyday life