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The most fundamental issues raised by the Francis report on Mid-Staffordshire Hospital are not about the institutions or even culture, but about voice and power: who is heard, who is silenced and who, tragically, dies from deafness.
Mid-Staffs is the public sector’s Lehman Brothers, an organisation in which staff were faced in the wrong direction, the numbers were bogus and measured the wrong thing, and managers spent 95 per cent of their time on the wrong part of the job.
We all have our daily routines. Depending on where I am, mine either starts at 6am with a dash to London or at 7am with breakfast and taking the kids to school followed by a day working at home.
The papacy of Benedict XVI, though sadly short, has been one of immense significance. More than any other Pope in recent memory, he understood the deepest theological currents that lay behind Vatican II, and stood doggedly against a threatened revival of neo-scholastic conservatism by insisting on the co-belonging of faith and reason.
The concept of a smart or future city has been around for several years now. We have all seen the video that shows how our journey to the airport will be transformed in the future, with transport systems that are not only fully integrated, but intelligent enough to respond to changing circumstances and demands.
Education is one of those subjects, up there with healthcare, law and order, and possibly religion, which never fails to attract attention and generate discussion. On the whole this is a good thing; sharing ideas and information is the key to catalysing change.
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