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Writing elsewhere

My post from last week on devolution got some attention, and a rewritten version of is now available on CityMetric.

Can accountability bridge devolution’s gap between identity and practicality?

Over on CityMetric, Jonn Elledge writes that devolution is meant to be about practicality and delivery, and wonders why questions of identity are mixed up in it. I think there’s a problem with phrasing the debate in that way because both sides of…

Worth Reading 184: Abandoning the Antonine Wall

The sin of pride: We can’t afford a smug Chancellor – George Osborne’s policies are too short-term to protect the British economy when the next crash comes. The 1992 Olympic Bid – In a move that made a lot more sense then than…

Slouching towards post-democracy

Amidst the blizzard of tasteful words hiding monstrous schemes that made up David Cameron’s speech yesterday, there was one part that felt out of place with the rest of the recent Tory rhetoric. When he was talking about schools, he said this: So…

Worth Reading 176: The Gliese with a planet

30 years on: What really happened at the Battle of the Beanfield? – A fascinating account of policy brutality against a group of travellers in the 1980s. Charles Kennedy – a lovely man, a talented politician, a great friend with a shared enemy…

George Osborne has some good ideas…and some terrible ones as well

In this interview with the Guardian, George Osborne does make some good points about the importance of devolution, and does seem to be genuinely committed to giving more powers away from Whitehall, even to the extent of giving some local authorities more control…

Labour’s political reform proposals: some good ideas, but where’s the detail?

Labour have launched their plans for political reform (there’s a PDF with more detail here) and at a first look, they’re not that bad. Not perfect, but definitely steps in the right direction and with a bit more coherence to them than the…

Devolution and the power of local bureaucracy

I’ve been thinking some more about devolution recently, particularly the ‘city region’/combined authority model that seems to be all the rage at the moment. I’ve outlined before why I think this isn’t a good way of going about devolution – not least because…

Has devolution in England been messed up again?

It’s been almost five months since the Scottish referendum, and despite what seemed to be happening at the time, devolution within England has been slipping down the agenda ever since. Sure, we’ve had lots of talk about English Votes for English Laws, which…

Worth Reading 142: The wrong end of the deal

The personal tax statement George Osborne doesn’t want you to see – Some accurate data on where the British Government actually spends its money. Norman Baker, political journalism, and hinterlands – “We expect politicians to be “real” and then lay into them when…