The Great Debate UK

From one uncertainty to another

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-Anthony J. Evans is assistant professor at ESCP Europe Business School. The opinions expressed are his own. Join Reuters for a live discussion with guests as Chancellor George Osborne makes  an emergency budget statement at 12:30 p.m. British time on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.-

Think back to the immediate aftermath of the general election. Throughout the hung parliament epoch the term “uncertainty” was being used lavishly.

And often as if it’s a bad thing – indeed the Conservative election campaign suggested that a strong and stable government was important. Now that the coalition appears to be providing that, is it?

It is not obvious that a decisive government is always best. Indeed for most voters it depends on the policies that such power is generating. For Tories, a strong Tory government is the best-case scenario.

Is it safe to make cuts in the current economic climate?

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-Ian Ellis is executive chairman of Telereal Trillium. The opinions expressed are his own. Join Reuters for a live discussion with guests as Chancellor George Osborne makes  an emergency budget statement at 12:30 p.m. British time on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.-

The government is clear that reducing the public sector budget deficit is top priority and Tuesday’s budget will give us our first real indication of how and where public spending cuts are going to occur.

Is the public sector really ready for change?

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- David Jarrett is chief executive at Bath Consultancy Group. The opinions expressed are his own.-

For many leaders in the public sector it’s one thing to demonstrate a convincing rationale for change, show the graphs and numbers that justify your proposed strategy, draw up a new structure and win a mandate to make change. Yet this is only half the job. The other – perhaps most challenging half – is implementing this new way of working without your best people leaving, morale crashing, performance falling through the floor and dissatisfaction erupting among your customers.

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