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Stephen Bush

Stephen Bush

The Guardian

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In education, some targets are better than others

Focusing on fewer goals may drive excellence more effectively than pursuing a lot of them

21.05.2024 20

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The candour gap has become a problem for politicians

People are much more open and honest in their private lives and now expect the same from their leaders

17.05.2024 20

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Rishi Sunak reminds us that sometimes failure is the only option

The inability to know when the game is up is something both politicians and organisations struggle with

07.05.2024 20

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Sunak’s instincts are leading the Tories to ever worse defeat

The prime minister chose the ground on which the local election campaign was fought — and is now paying the price

03.05.2024 30

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It’s time to lift the veil on incompetence

Both governments and companies are guilty of feigning inability when it works to their advantage

16.04.2024 10

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Does diversity really yield better results? Consider football

A recent Arsenal Women’s team picture prompted a flood of good questions

09.04.2024 10

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Governments need to take record-keeping seriously in the digital age

Disappearing WhatsApp messages will be a problem for future historians

02.04.2024 9

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Rishi Sunak’s greatest liability is his deluded party

Tory MPs and aides need to recognise the rightward lurch that has occurred during his premiership

26.03.2024 40

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AI may not change your job, but it will transform government

Too little attention is being paid to the way the technology could fundamentally alter the state

19.03.2024 20

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Even worthwhile causes need a metric for success

Organisations can become resistant to the need to demonstrate that what they are doing actually works

10.03.2024 30

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Why won’t the Tories talk about their success in education?

The Conservatives seem determined to ignore one of their few achievements in office

06.03.2024 40

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There must be more to the news than the death of an owl

Quirky stories to engage readers are one thing but we shouldn’t be able to hide from the real world entirely

27.02.2024 30

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Starmer will only reveal his true face in power

What we talk about when we talk about Labour party factions

21.02.2024 8

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Do mixed-race people really enjoy the ‘best of both worlds’?

The reality is more complex than some would suggest

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Little good can come of Starmer’s green U-turn

Labour’s retreat reflects a number of changing tides in politics — but it has also produced bitter internal rancour

09.02.2024 20

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Why accountability is an increasingly elusive endeavour

In the age of algorithmic decision-making, allocating blame is a fraught process — but this doesn’t have to be a bad thing

06.02.2024 10

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Goodbye to the days of ambient cultural liberalism

China’s rise will alter the worldview of at least some consumers who live in democracies

30.01.2024 10

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When dealing with the past, we don’t always have to stick to the detail

‘The Holdovers’ provides a useful test case in how to treat history

22.01.2024 40

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The UK’s political class needs to learn to love the economy it actually has

The case of the gaming industry demonstrates a worrying dislike for the country’s successes

16.01.2024 30

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Substack has offered exactly the wrong response to its ‘Nazi problem’

The platform needn’t make political judgments about how publishers use it any more than a postal service would

09.01.2024 40

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Maladaption has left the Conservatives drifting

A party famed for winning through its chameleon tendencies now finds itself saddled with incompatible promises

03.01.2024 10

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Year in a word: Barbenheimer

The pink and grey cinematic phenomenon heralded a changing of the guard on the big screen

29.12.2023 30

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Pro-child policies are all very well, but what about being pro-parent too?

States that want to encourage people to have more kids should think about making it easier to raise them

18.12.2023 30

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Why politicians in your inbox are not a bad thing

New proposals to allow unsolicited political texts and emails could be important for national awareness

02.12.2023 10

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Our embrace of the end of privacy comes at a cost

I was wrong to assume that liberal indifference to our actions would be the ultimate consequence of online living

27.11.2023 5

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Starmer and Sunak must remember the coalition government’s radicalism

We cannot ignore the fact that Cameron and Osborne oversaw significant tax cuts and a shrinking of the state

22.11.2023 8

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Will you marry me? (Warning: comes with a risk of social contagion)

The way in which we are influenced by others is far greater than we give it credit for

07.11.2023 10

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Should we tell our children fairy tales about race?

The correct mixture of openness and deceit to prepare young people for the world is always up for debate

31.10.2023 8

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Rishi Sunak needs policy solutions, not political strategies

If the prime minister wants to win the next UK election, he will have to fix the structural issues affecting voters

24.10.2023 20

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We must resist the temptation to censor media and film archives

The best solution is to have a policy of addition rather than subtraction

17.10.2023 8

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In politics, delusion makes the world go round

Party conference season shows the merits — and failings — of self-deception

09.10.2023 5

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Rishi Sunak is right: multiculturalism works

British politicians would do well to reflect on the country’s relative success in integrating minorities

03.10.2023 5

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The problem with power parents

The FTX saga illustrates why you should not expect objectivity from a family member

25.09.2023 4

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What Bradley Cooper’s fake nose can teach us

An unflappable attitude in the face of online pile-ons can be a winning tactic

19.09.2023 5

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The history wars have a big casualty — the past

Sins of omission and distortion from politicians are complicating the real point of the discipline

11.09.2023 30

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