Claire Fox is director of the Institute of Ideas
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
No lights out for nights out
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
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
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
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
Claire Fox asks why is there not greater local government support for Brexit when serious questions over EU sovereignty remain unanswered.
Boycott illiberal bans
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?
Claire Fox calls for a cool head over the issue of gender equality – and specifically – pay
How are we going to build our future?
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
Claire Fox examines the collapse of Kids Company and its impact on councils.
Not the end of the world
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
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