Claire Fox is director of the Institute of Ideas
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
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