Claire Fox

Claire Fox

Claire Fox is director of the Institute of Ideas
  • Balancing the risks

    13 October 2020

    Councils should ‘stop shaping all policies based on counting COVID cases and need to start balancing risks across a broader spectrum’, writes Claire Fox.


  • A question of equality

    08 September 2020

    Councils should ‘be consciously biased against those who refuse to see us as individuals beyond our skin colour’, argues Claire Fox.


  • Unleash freedoms, not fears

    05 August 2020

    As local lockdowns become more common, Claire Fox warns against the use of draconian measures – keeping everyone working from home may not be the best option


  • Toppling statues is the easy part

    01 July 2020

    Claire Fox asks: ‘Will black lives today be improved if local government becomes preoccupied by a war against inanimate objects and historical wrongs?’


  • Don’t put democracy on lockdown

    27 May 2020

    Claire Fox asks if it is undemocratic for local areas to introduce fundamental shifts in transport policy as ‘settled’ without a proper public discussion?


  • Rewarding our invisible frontline workers

    21 April 2020

    Claire Fox says we can reflect on what kind of a changed world we want to inhabit after the pandemic – and commit to embracing some lessons moving forwards.


  • Who can you trust?

    18 March 2020

    The cost of politicising expertise and crying wolf for years is that sooner or later a real wolf emerges, argues Claire Fox.


  • Doing politics differently post-Brexit

    12 February 2020

    Adults do not want to be treated like children to be nannied by the state, says Claire Fox – but she is not convinced that Citizens’ Assemblies are the right way forward.


  • More information is better

    13 November 2019

    One thing canvassers might remember is that voters ‘are free-thinking individuals who can change our minds if we hear a better argument’, says Claire Fox.


  • Leave those kids alone

    30 July 2019

    Claire Fox says councils continue to thwart kids’ play activities in the interests of bureaucracy


  • Bring on the robots

    18 June 2019

    AI could be a great time-saver in workplaces dealing with complex processes, writes Claire Fox, but making work robotic should not be confused with technology’s exciting potential.


  • No easy answers to knife crime

    09 April 2019

    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?

    06 March 2019

    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

    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