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About wonkypolicywonk

Wonkypolicywonk is a policy minion, assigned wonky at birth, who has been lucky enough to work for two of the very best MPs in the House of Commons, and for Maternity Action, Working Families, Citizens Advice, the National Audit Office, the Law Society, and Amnesty International UK.

The Taylor Review is dead, long live the Warman Review!

So, just two days after shelving a repeatedly promised Employment Bill intended to deliver a raft of policy pledges made as long ago as February 2018, Boris Johnson has launched a new review into the future of work. Because the … Continue reading

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Good Law Project: fantasies and little stupid jokes

It’s confession time. Twice in recent months on this blog – in February and in April – I have had a pop at Jolyon Maugham QC and his midlife crisis plaything, the Good Law Project. But I am bad. Because … Continue reading

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Workers’ rights: delivery delays

Now that Boris Johnson has put his lockdown-busting partying behind him and just wants to “get on with delivering”, perhaps he and his Government will use next week’s Queen’s Speech to finally start delivering on some of their many outstanding … Continue reading

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Good Laugh Project: tilting at windmills

In February, on this blog, I noted the lack of success that the Good Laugh Project, run by Jolyon Maugham QC, has been having in using crowdfunded donations to hold power to account. And yesterday the GLP lost yet another … Continue reading

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Employment Bill: other legislative vehicles are available

Three weeks ago on this blog, I suggested – with a little help from the great Tracey Thorn and Ben Watts – that ministers have shelved their long-promised Employment Bill (again). And on Friday a (rather thinly evidenced) story in … Continue reading

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The fall and rise of Jamie Wallis MP

In a week when our elected politicians have seemed ever more detached from the (biological) reality in which we mere voters – unqualified to have an opinion, apparently – are forced to live our dreary cis lives, the highlight was … Continue reading

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Missing: the Employment Bill

[With apologies to Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt] I step into HansardI’m wonking down your street againAnd past your door, but you don’t live there anymoreIt’s two years since you were in the manifestoAnd now you’ve disappeared somewhere, like outer … Continue reading

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Good Law Project: Failing at a not-so-technical level

Last week, the Good Law Project, run by my good friend Jolyon Maugham QC, was in the news for claiming to have won a legal case challenging alleged cronyism on the part of government ministers when appointing Dido Harding and … Continue reading

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Four-day week: sagas of Icelanders

There being an R in the month, there is a new report making the case for a four-day week. This month, the focus is on Wales, with a report by think tank Autonomy, commissioned by the Future Generations for Wales … Continue reading

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Overdue: a Labour Party policy on equal parenting

Recently on this blog, I noted that pretty much all that Labour’s otherwise impressively ambitious September 2021 ‘green paper’ on employment rights had to say about securing a much-needed societal shift towards more equal parenting – a shift essential to ending the … Continue reading

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