Claire Fox

Claire Fox

Claire Fox is director of the Institute of Ideas
  • Be wary of good intentions

    05 December 2018

    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

    30 October 2018

    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

    21 August 2018

    In the wake of Boris Johnson’s burqa comments, Claire Fox calls for less knee-jerk reaction.


  • Is the gender pay gap a myth?

    11 April 2018

    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

    07 March 2018

    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

    30 January 2018

    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

    05 December 2017

    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?

    25 October 2017

    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

    27 September 2017

    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

    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)