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 AvatarRichard Morris 24th May - 9:32am
    The weirdest line is the article is when he suggests that all the decisions made strategically were the best that could be made. Um ....
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    Can we now forget the 'strategies' which lost around 50 MPs and thousands of other fine party workers over the 5 years - and focus...
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    @jenny many on the right of the party will vote for Farron. The available field is not a huge one and were it to have...
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    Thank you for your views, Ryan Coetzee. I do agree that we must reunite and rebuild but that is a strategy most of us could...
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    The view from Ham Common seems a lot clearer than the view from Cape Town -- http://aviewfromhamcommon.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/one-stands-out-for-me-in-ryan-coetzees.html
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    Edis Bevan "Since we are moving to OMOV for Federal Conference the special status of FC Reps vanishes." Excellent - if it means what I...
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