2011 reform scorecard

In his major speech of 17 January 2011, David Cameron said: “I want one of the great achievements of this Government to be the complete modernisation of our public services.” That objective is right and made all the more urgent by the grim state of the public finances. The reform equations are straightforward. Spending reductions plus comprehensive reform would equal better public services delivered in different ways. Spending reductions without effective reform would equal worse services and a discrediting of Ministers’ reform rhetoric at the same time.