Claire Fox

Claire Fox

Claire Fox is director of the Institute of Ideas
  • Solidarity in a climate of fear

    02 June 2021

    In the aftermath of a recent religious scandal involving a schoolteacher, Claire Fox salutes the binmen who, she believes, have shown up how a climate of fear can make cowards of leaders – and threaten our democratic core values.

  • Time to cut ties with the pandemic power grab

    27 April 2021

    As the restrictions of the latest lockdown are eased, Claire Fox asks whether councils are clinging to their new powers to override democracy.

  • In support of women’s refuges

    23 March 2021

    Baroness Claire Fox warns that proposed legislation to help councils protect women facing domestic violence could end up with unintended consequences.

  • It’s time for councils to step up and give a lead on care home visiting

    23 February 2021

    Local authorities should support local care homes to find creative ways to open up to relatives, says Claire Fox.

  • Councils are the counterbalance

    16 November 2020

    Priorities seem to have ‘become skewed by COVID-related policy-making on all sides of politics’, argues Claire Fox. This should mean that councils have an even more crucial role as a democratic counterbalance, she adds.

  • 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