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This paper identified the absence of a coherent UK immigration policy and was the first detailed study of the failure of UK government policy implementation in this sensitive area. It attracted extensive coverage both in the print and broadcast media in both the UK and abroad. It was serialised in both the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail.
The pamphlet led to a wide debate in the UK on immigration and asylum policies and has clearly informed many aspects of recent UK government policy, in particular its attempts to manage asylum and immigration. Although the then current Home Secretary, David Blunkett, has attacked the pamphlet in public, in private conversations he has spoken highly of the quality and originality of the paper. He invited the author to meet with his Special Advisor on immigration for discussions on a future white paper. The author was also invited to make in-depth written and verbal submissions to the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.
2. No System to Abuse – Immigration and health care in the UK (June 2003)
This paper analysed the failure of the National Health Service (NHS) to screen effectively for whether UK visitors were entitled to free NHS healthcare. Again, the pamphlet received extensive coverage in the media. Again, it was serialised by both the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail.
Within two weeks of publication, The Daily Telegraph reported that the central proposals in the pamphlet (the issuing of entitlement cards for those using the NHS) had been adopted as Conservative Party policy. The then Shadow Home Secretary was reported on the Conservative Party website as saying that: ‘The allegations which are outlined in Harriet Sergeant’s important CPS pamphlet are very serious and need to be investigated immediately.’
Within a further three weeks this proposal was also taken up by the Government. The then Health Minister John Hutton announced that: ‘In my view it would make life very much easier for NHS staff if eligibility became a straightforward matter of showing a card.’
This paper uncovered the failure of management in the NHS. Yet again, it received extremely wide coverage in the UK and foreign media. In a unique tribute to the pamphlet, the Daily Telegraph (which had serialised the pamphlet) published a full page selection of reader’s letters received in response to the pamphlet, the overwhelming majority of which were favorable.
The paper provoked responses by both John Reid, the then Health Secretary, who immediately demanded a right of reply from the Daily Telegraph and Frank Dobson (a former Health Secretary). In addition, within one week of publication, the Department of Health rushed out an announcement of an ‘Action Plan’ to deal with the superbug crisis reported in the paper.
The pamphlet has been welcomed by the Conservative Party with Danny Kruger, then head of the Conservative Party health policy team, declaring: “Miss Sergeant’s work makes an important and original contribution to the debate on the future of the National Health Service. Her identification of management failure must be of concern to everyone involved with the development of health policy, whatever their political affiliations.”
A searing analysis of the catastrophic failure of the care system for vulnerable children, it was immediately hailed on the Today programme as “a devastating report” and was the front page splash in The Daily Mail for three days consecutively. It established Harriet as a leading commentator and analyst of this hidden world, leading to frequent articles by Harriet on the subject on the BBC website, The Sunday Times (“Gangs, alas, are offering what boys need“, “The blunders forcing children at risk to compete for care“) and The Daily Mail (“Evil in Edlington the sytem could not handle – but terrifyingly it could happen anywhere”). The report has aslo been widely quoted throughout the media (see for example, The New Statesman, Alice Miles in The Times).
Since publication, Harriet has been a frequent speaker on the subject at conferences organised by the social care industry and by organisations such as the Institute of Ideas. She has presented her findings to both Shadow Conservative and Lib Dem front bench teams, to local councils, and has been extensively quoted in Parliamnetary debates. She has been instrumental in drawing up policy recommendations in this area and her work has also been widely analysed and highly praised in academic literature and throughout the blogosphere.
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This report is based on interviews with police at every level of the service and with members of the public and was written with the co-operation of the Police Federation. Never has the police service had so much money, so many officers or such access to tecknology. Yet never have the public been so dissatisfied with the police. This report seeks to discover what is going wrong.
It received wide media coverage, was serialized in the Daily Mail and made front page headlines.
6. ‘Wasted – the betrayal of white working class and black Caribbean boys Centre for Policy Studies November 2009
Based on a year of interviews with those the education system has most let down, and with teachers and parents, Harriet Sergeant reveals that:
- Only 6% of white boys entitled to free school meals and 16% of all Caribbean boys go on to further education
- More than one in five 14 year old boys has a reading age of nine or less. 63% of white working class boys and 54% of black working class boys are unable to read and write properly at 14
- 48% of the prison population has a reading ability below that expected of an 11 year old
- Youngsters from disadvantaged homes are five times more likely to fail to get five good GCSE grades than those from affluent backgrounds
We cannot afford this waste of talent. Nor can we afford the cost it incurs in terms of dependency on benefits and the probability of crime. It need not be like this. Harriet Sergeant details case studies which show:
- the success of Charter Schools in the US, where children from poor backgrounds are flourishing in response to strong discipline and traditional teaching methods
- the success of synthetic phonics in teaching reading, particularly for those who find reading most difficult – and how government efforts to impose synthetic phonics have been subverted
- how some voluntary organisations are able to provide the structure and discipline which are so often absent from schools
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