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Why windfalls can be shortfalls

Posted on May 12, 2007 · Posted in Co-operative News

AT a dinner party about a century ago George Bernard Shaw reputedly sat next to a rather large and pompous lady, past her prime. “If I offered you a million.. read more

End of the line for the PFI?

Posted on April 27, 2007 · Posted in Public Finance

In the early days of New Labour, the Private Finance Initiative was seen as the only game in town for funding major public sector projects, but the Metronet crisis could.. read more

Reform on the curriculum

Posted on February 22, 2007 · Posted in Public Servant

Too many schools for too few pupils.  Paul Gosling considers what reform might mean for Northern Ireland’s education system – and for its divided society.

Merger = innovation

Posted on February 21, 2007 · Posted in Inside Housing

Paul Gosling explains how housing association mergers are bringing out some good ideas.

The mums who fight nits on the net

Posted on January 28, 2007 · Posted in The Independent

Three entrepreneurs who created their own head lice treatment were able to market it despite the absence of a distribution deal – all thanks to the power of their website.. read more

Strong Foundations for Mental Health Trusts

Posted on January 2, 2007 · Posted in Health Service Review

Three mental health trusts are at the forefront of a push to obtain foundation trust status. Paul Gosling discovers what others can learn from their experiences.

Painful lessons

Posted on December 1, 2006 · Posted in Inside Housing

Once one of the worst examples of segregation, Northern Ireland is now moving towards better integration for its citizens.  Paul Gosling reports from a nation bridging the divide. Painful Lessons.. read more

Saddam’s ‘chaotic’ trial challenged

Posted on November 28, 2006 · Posted in The Times

The UK solicitor who helped to prepare Saddam Hussein’s defence has called the trial unlawful and said that the case should have been heard at an international court, similar to.. read more

Rapprochement brings rehabilitation

Posted on November 10, 2006 · Posted in Financial Times

Life in Northern Ireland has been transformed. Five years ago you were likely to face a British ­soldier pointing a rifle when you looked out of a car window into.. read more

Dubliners turn Newry into a commuter town

Posted on November 9, 2006 · Posted in Irish Times

Northern Ireland Market House prices in the Border town of Newry have risen by 371 per cent since 1996 – but are still lower than in the Republic, says Paul.. read more

Work together or else

Posted on October 25, 2006 · Posted in The Guardian’s Public Magazine

Northern Ireland’s public sector is going through a radical and rapid transformation. The 26 district councils are being abolished, replaced by seven “super councils” with more powers. Regional quangos administering.. read more

Cluster culture

Posted on October 22, 2006 · Posted in Think

Industrial clusters have formed the local economies in Silicon Valley and Galway. Now Saudi Arabia is joining in. Paul Gosling reports.