Author Archives: Graeme Henderson

The Independent View: Clegg is right to worry about the North

The North once again compared fairly unfavourably to the south in yesterday’s unemployment figures. It’s safe to assume it will do so again in next month’s figures, and the month after that. While political commentators note the UK’s slide towards a triple dip, most people outside London don’t need clinical economic definitions to tell them that money is tight.

But let’s be clear, this disparity is not a consequence of idleness, nor has it happened by chance. Public policy and investment decisions have made it all but inevitable. London has vast infrastructure spending exemplified by Crossrail, a Government proactively …

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Opinion: Heseltine report puts the State back on the hook for helping lead economic recovery

The lack of a joined-up growth strategy has been this Government’s Achilles heel. This week’s report from the Heseltine Review finally provides one. Some on the Tory backbenches will urge David Cameron and George Osborne to ignore many of the recommendations, and the swathes of evidence standing behind them, in favour of abdicating responsibility for the economic recovery to the private sector. Jacob Rees-Mogg predictably caricatures the findings as favouring a 1960s approach to regional development – his preferred course being deregulation. The Heseltine Review embodies …

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  • User AvatarStephen Howse 19th Apr - 8:12pm
    Indeed. So do we really need another one in a position of power and influence?
  • User AvatarCaracatus 19th Apr - 7:57pm
    Bath is one of the 12 or so seats the Lib Dems will almost certainly win, so I hope they pick someone who has the...
  • User AvatarDavid-1 19th Apr - 7:30pm
    I'm sure the loss of the members has to be counted Nick's biggest win, as by it he's moved the Liberal Democrats significantly to the...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 19th Apr - 7:18pm
    David Evershed - Which bit of losing 22,000 members; 2,150 councillors; 5 MPs, most of our MSPs and in a month's time most if not...
  • User AvatarGeoffrey Payne 19th Apr - 7:04pm
    I guessed Dennis Potter and I was right! Luck I guess although I knew he was left wing. It is worth finding the video clips...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 19th Apr - 7:01pm
    Ah well, there goes another seat in 2015. Sadly even in a strong seat like this, incumbency was by far our best chance.