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Former Welsh Secretary Ron Davies predicted in 1999 that devolution would prove to be “a process, not an event”, and the aftermath of the Scottish referendum proves again the accuracy of that assessment.
The debate around payday lending in the UK can often seem very black and white. For a long time, when covered in the mainstream press, much focus was put on APR.
The last conference season before the General Election brings with it a flurry of policies, as parties position themselves for the months to come. Top lines spell out top priorities and we see the first glimpses of Governments post-May 2015.
Alphen, Netherlands. 20 October. As EU foreign ministers finally meet to discuss the Ebola epidemic and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf makes a desperate open plea to the world to get its act together the disease is taking hold.
Devolution to Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland throws up related questions about the government of England. These fall into two broad kinds: giving England a stronger political voice; and devolving power within England.
It’s coming sometime, maybe. A devolution revolution is taking place across the kingdom. It’s not just Scotland. Manchester is mad for it too. And just about everywhere else. “We have heard the voice of Scotland and now the millions of voices of England must be heard” the Prime Minister declared as he hailed the outcome of the Scottish referendum.
Respublica recently published its report calling for Greater Manchester to have control over the £22 billion it spends each year on public services, with accompanying financial flexibilities. The report reasons that if you give Manchester the ability to target spend and redesign services as best fit its residents’ needs, then it will be able to reduce the £5 billion gap between public spend and tax revenue to make Manchester a net contributor to the national purse.
The fantastic democratic adventure in Scotland has given us a real opportunity to reform our system of government and to shape the future of the United Kingdom so that it is founded on the principles of union and devolution, rather than on massive over-centralisation.
Sometimes I get very frustrated by the BBC. Like when it puts rugby league highlights on at 1pm on a Tuesday. Or 3am on a Wednesday. But it’s hard to ignore, hard to get away from.
For British Conservatives, this November marks an important milestone in the history of the Conservative Party; the 90th anniversary of the election of the second Conservative administration of Stanley Baldwin. Although the Labour Party is widely acclaimed for landmarks in social policy such as the creation of the postwar Welfare State, Conservative administrations have also played a pivotal role in encouraging the social and economic development of the United Kingdom.
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