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David Boyle writes… Choice works – so why not in legal aid?

Barristers wigChoice is a funny thing.  I spent seven months studying how it worked in practice when I was running the Barriers to Choice Review for the Cabinet Office.

Despite the rhetoric from parts of the left, I believe that people can improve public services by being able to choose between different providers.

I’m also only too aware how many people are excluded from that – by a lack of information or advice, by a lack of transport and any number of other factors.

I am also aware of the

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Opinion: A new direction for choice

“What’s a nice guy like you doing with a bunch of Tories?” one journalist asked me as I discussed the Barriers to Choice Review.

“You see, I’m a Liberal Democrat,” I explained…

The truth is that this was not a coalition problem.  It was a problem about the word ‘choice’.

My task as an independent reviewer, appointed by the Cabinet Office and the Treasury, was to find out how people used the choices they have been given in schools, hospitals, social care and so on – especially disadvantaged people.

But the word ‘choice’ itself divides people, even those who might otherwise agree on pretty …

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    There is nothing in here that I disagree with, but it is all pretty meaningless. I don' t you have said anything that most people...
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    I am undecided how to vote, but I must say I love the ambitious positive tone of this article. Of course the questions have only...
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    Lets hope if there is a Lib Dem leadership election in 2015 that the Picketty book will be influential amongst the candidates.
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    Martin is right about what would be best. Sadly, he's also right about the chances of that actually happening. With the greatest of respect to...
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