TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017

Category: Cities policy

  An almighty shot has been fired across the bows of Lord O’Neill of Gatley ahead of a major business conference on The Northern Powerhouse (TNP) next week. Jim O’Neill as he’s better known up here is now a Treasury Minister on the back of writing a highly influential report identifying cities rather than regions [read more…]


  DEVOLUTION. If Merseyside councils outside Liverpool are recognising the power of George Osborne, they won’t be alone. The concerns of Wirral, St Helens, Sefton and other councils that an elected sub regional mayor will mean domination by Liverpool are valid and need to be addressed. But the Chancellor restated in the Summer Budget that [read more…]


  GOOD FOR BUSINESS? It’s the first wholly Tory Queen’s Speech since 1996 and David Cameron is in a hurry to get things done. That’s sensible politics because the grim reaper and rebel backbenchers may erode his fragile majority. Also after the EU referendum, the clamour will rise for him to depart. The downside is [read more…]


    SCOTLAND AND THE NORTH.   Now we see more clearly what we are going to have to contend with as we try and bring power to the North.   We knew about Boris land in the South East and London with its power to drain the brightest talent southwards and its vastly disproportionate [read more…]


  Nigel Farage believes in plain speaking. Well the UKIP leader now has a rival in that department. Manuel Barroso, the outgoing European Commission President has spelt it out for David Cameron as he seeks to appease UKIP over immigration.   An arbitrary cap on immigrants from eastern Europe would fall foul of the Lisbon [read more…]



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