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    Evolution or revolution: Spending Review implications for local government and the Northern Powerhouse

Evolution or revolution: Spending Review implications for local government and the Northern Powerhouse

Despite being trumpeted as a “devolution revolution”, the detail of the Spending Review suggests that the government’s approach is distinctly evolutionary; the Treasury is far happier passing down the axe than cutting local government loose. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a positive story to tell about local growth and the Northern Powerhouse, writes Ed Cox.

As far as the Spending […]

November 26th, 2015|Ed Cox, Featured|1 Comment|

Overcoming the punch-and-judy of regional identity

Northerners are quite right to take issue with poor reporting and a national media dominated by metropolitan interests. What is lacking in England is a mature understanding of the different and complementary roles that different regions have to play within the national economy. The lack of any serious spatial or regional economic planning exacerbates the sense of a North-South divide […]

Labour activists in the North may have cause to celebrate. But localism and local democracy seem to be in a dangerous and parlous state

Local election results in the North of England have heavily favoured Labour. But as Ed Cox argues, there has also been an evident decline in the public passion for local democracy which does not bode well for future political debate.   Labour have taken seats in local elections across the country, not just in Northern towns and cities and in Wales, where […]

BAE job losses highlight the weaknesses of the Coalition’s growth strategy

British manufacturing suffered another blow yesterday with the announcement that 3000 jobs are set to be lost across the UK,  the biggest cuts coming at sites in Lancashire and East Yorkshire. Ed Cox argues that such developments lay bare the problems inherent in the coalition’s economic strategy as it fails to appreciate the impact of public sector cuts on the […]