English regional government Archive

  • No more trivial tinkering

    No more trivial tinkering

    After Scotland’s SNP landslide in the 2015 UK general election, the idea of saving the union by the introduction of a federal constitution is gaining traction, but a 4-unit federation of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would not solve the problem as the UK […]

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  • The United Kingdom: All Change after the Scottish Referendum? (21 October 2014)

    17.00 for 17.30  until 19.00, followed by a reception Room MG1-02 London Metropolitan University 84 Moorgate London EC2M 6SQ Map “The Vow” to devolve more powers to Scotland, made by the leaders of the three main political parties in Westminster at the end of the […]

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  • The Daily Telegraph should make its mind up

    There is a marvellous article by Allister Heath in the Daily Telegraph today, outlining an alternative to Scottish independence.  For Scotland to vote to leave the United Kingdom would cause a great deal of uncertainty for business and be very bad for the economy and […]

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  • Local government pause for thought

    It has long been a contention of this website that democracy should be thought of not merely as a set of rules but as a culture.  While elections and elected institutions are necessary, they are by no means sufficient.  There is a range of other […]

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  • The end of the coalition

    The results of the voting that took place on 3 May surely spell the beginning of the end for Britain’s coalition government.  (Read about the election results here.)  I am not referring to the victory for Labour and defeat for the coalition parties (with an […]

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  • Who can create jobs?

    An interesting article by Coca-Cola chief executive Muhtar Kent and business academic Ram Charan, “Give the states the power to build jobs”, carried by the Reuters website argues that, in America, the emphasis on job creation should come from the states and not the federal […]

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  • Regional assemblies are a hard sell

    The dog days of summer lend themselves to the more minor issues of political campaigning. Across the country, Conservative MPs and PPCs are trying to pick a fight over elected regional assemblies, claiming that Labour intends to reintroduce the plans that were dropped after the […]

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  • The fate of declining communities

    Jonathan Guthrie writes in the Financial Times about the problems faced by towns and cities once the economic reason for their prosperity goes into decline. Cities in the north of England, for example, once were ideal locations for heavy manufacturing industry but have now lost […]

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  • Centralised states bad for economy

    It has long been an argument of Federal Union that a federal United Kingdom would be economically more successful than the centralised version we have at the moment. During the halcyon days of the Blair/Brown bubble, people used to ask how the British could have […]

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  • Completing the process of devolution

    Letter in the Guardian, Thursday 19 February 2009 George Monbiot’s suggestion of an English parliament is not new. We had one during the 1980s, when a Conservative government sustained by English MPs could impose its will on the other nations of the UK. Even with […]

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