Tag Archives: English Regional Assemblies

We need regional forms of governance in England


A few days ago this piece of news appeared in the online BBC account and it was clearly very important to protect the Devon and Cornwall region as well as to act as a guidance to the rest of our … Continue reading

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As Brexit collapses we need regional bodies to speak up


The British Government has failed to formulate a credible deal for us to leave the EU, and their discussions lack any public clarity with less than 450 hours to go before the deadline they have set out regarding our departure. … Continue reading

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The difference between local and regional


Todays news that the Government plans to abolish the existing 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies and replace them with 10 larger bodies is deeply flawed for several reasons. Listening to Dame Glenys Stacey on Radio 4 she referred on at least … Continue reading

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MPs and Lies


Amongst the myriad of petitions that are available to add ones name to at present on the Parliament website perhaps the most dispiriting one is entitled “Make it a criminal offence for members of parliament to lie in parliament.” In many … Continue reading

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Size and breadth affects all of us


The Conservative party is being dragged kicking and screaming to admit that their individual membership has fallen to its lowest ever level, possibly as low as 100,000 people as reported in yesterdays Independent and this morning on Radio 4. The fact … Continue reading

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We need a Troubled Government Programme


The Troubled Families Programme headed up by Louise Casey was established by the Government to coordinate services for families whose lives seem very chaotic and who require interventions from a range of different statutory organisations (eg Social Services, Housing, Health and often also the Police). … Continue reading

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Third time ………


I have just declared that I intend to stand as a candidate in the elections for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. The Police Authority website explains this in more detail and my own website explains something of my thinking and … Continue reading

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Planning for successful communities


On the 25th July the Government launched a consultation on a new National Planning Policy Framework which the headlines suggest will reduce planning rules from the current 1000 pages to 52. The consultation ends on 17th October after which the Government will implement the changes, hopefully taking … Continue reading

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A new political paradigm


Our political processes and structures are about to undergo a period of change as the number of parliamentary constituencies are reduced to 600 from the current 650. However this change will not improve the public attitude towards those who make decisions on our behalf. … Continue reading

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