While there was much to applaud in George Osborne's autumn statement, there remains a fundamental disconnect between the Chancellor's aspirations for the Northern regions and the tools he is prepared to put at their disposal.
Here's this week's Journal column.
Saturday, December 06, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Despite yesterday's fighting speech, Ed Miliband's personal unpopularity is dragging his party down and making the re-election of a Tory-led government much more likely. For the party to fail to recognise and act on this would amount to a betrayal of its own values. Here's this week's Journal column.
Saturday, November 08, 2014
The arrogance of George Osborne in seeking to impose a system of 'metro mayors' on cities which have already rejected the idea is quite breathtaking. Worse still is the government's lazy assumption that this is in some way an answer to the 'English Question.' Here's this week's Journal column.
Friday, October 24, 2014
This week's Journal column, focusing on the long-running saga of the A1 dualling project and what it tells us about the need for greater regional devolution.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Well, on the basis that the North has 15m people in it and Scotland has 5m, it's one answer.
Friday, October 10, 2014
My end-of-conference season round-up is now online at The Journal website. I argue that the fragmentation of British politics into a four-party system, coupled with the two main parties' retreat into their ideological comfort zones, presents an unexpected opportunity for Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats.