Category: Constitutional reform

  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…]

THE IMF’S VERDICT ON RETAIL POLITICS.   The more the opinion polls stay stuck, the greater the frenzy of politicians to try and get them moving in their favour by a series of uncosted promises. All parties are guilty of it to some extent but the Conservatives are particularly guilty. This was encapsulated by the [read more…]

A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION IS ANSWER FOR BUSINESS The Confederation of British Industry has a confused position on devolution. This week its Director General, John Cridland,described the plethora of regeneration schemes like City Deals and Growth Funds as “a tower of Babel” that business had to try and cope with. He also complained about the multiple [read more…]

    The Scottish independence vote and immigration into the UK were dominant themes in 2014, but for all the talk little has been resolved. The Scots voted no but the Scottish National Party could soon be holding the whip hand over a weak minority government at Westminster.   Then there’s the issue of our [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…]

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