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His call for a stronger British state reflects the thinking of many Conservatives… but not, yet, the Government’s actual policy.
With traditional cluelessness, Westminster devolved planning policy without a carve-out for vital national infrastructure projects.
Also: devolved administrations cling tight to Covid powers; Lewis raises prospect of prosecuting terrorists; SNP retreat from pension lie.
The DUP has suspended checks and Stormont is on the brink of collapse; if Truss cannot secure concessions, Johnson must act.
The Government could end up with a series of Burnhams and Khans, constantly trying to undermine it.
Not even the best reforming Minister I’ve ever seen can smooth out disagreements between the Treasury and Downing Street.
Gove is ready to localise as much either as he wants to or as his colleagues will let him, or both. I hope it’s work in progress.
Radical devolution and a new focus on HE and FE are among two things that can help the Government achieve its aims.
The latest twist in the running battle over getting ‘Legislative Consent Motions’ sees the Territorial Offices overruled.
The Unionists from Northern Ireland have more MPs, but nobody seems to be canvassing their views on Johnson’s future.
I am very pleased that the Treasury has refused to finance Mark Drakeford’s anti-science socialist agenda.
Doug Beattie faces an uphill struggle to overhaul Northern Irish unionism – but may have more time to do it than his supporters fear.
In the run up to the White Paper on Levelling Up, our interview with the former Chancellor opens this week’s ConHome series on localism.
Better integration with academic courses, more employer involvement, and a clearer balance between local and national oversight would all help.