Commentators in big cities missed the point of a Prime Ministerial speech aimed at smaller ones, towns, counties and the countryside.
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Now the Coronavirus restrictions are lifting, it is time to focus on delivering what people voted for us to do, and double down on levelling up
The Government’s planning proposals haven’t even gone out to consultation yet – and everyone knows that the current system’s broken.
Richard Holden: Improving future pensions – and why our next move should be more help for more young workers.
And we chat to the young waiter, the question I’m asking is: “why wait until young people are 22 for auto-enrolment to begin?”
Richard Holden: Why Labour’s grip on seats like mine weakened. And how we can strengthen our own everywhere.
This is a story of institutions, work and habits changing out of recognition – and how we can improve our position and the country once we’re heard.
Richard Holden: Knightmare on Starmer Street. Labour loses control of Durham – held by the party for a century.
In terms of parliamentary seats, CCHQ now needs to be targeting the North East of England much more broadly for the next election.
Richard Holden: The Stockton South Test – and four others for Starmer, as the run-in for next week’s elections gathers pace
Will it be: Keir On Course, So-So Starmer…or a Knightmare for the Labour Party in Hartlepool – and elsewhere?
Richard Holden: This spring’s local elections. For levelling-up to work, we need local councils and leaders who back it.
The sad truth is that many local Labour councils and local bureaucracies don’t want it: they’re scared of it.
Richard Holden: The Chancellor shouldn’t try to win a spending arms race with Labour – which we would lose anyway
Perhaps the simplest way of putting it is: it’s all about economic credibility, stupid. Because come 2024, it certainly will be.
Richard Holden: Dogs have been a comfort during the shutdown. There’s more we can do to protect them – and other animals.
Sadly, reports of thefts have surged in the UK, and now litter many local Facebook groups. And then there’s puppy-smuggling.
Richard Holden: Here in County Durham, my sense is that moderate Remainers are now saying “I’m glad we’re out”
The Prime Minister has got Brexit done and is delivering on vaccines. Meanwhile, Starmer has nothing positive to say.
Richard Holden: Biden’s inauguration this week boosts Britain’s new opportunity to pivot to the world
With a new president in place, and the UK’s G7 presidency up and running, we will have a new Indo-Pacific trading opportunity.
They screech in horror about a delay in total control of our own fisheries, but push for them to be handed back to the supertrawlers of the EU’s fishing fleets.
Richard Holden: Levelling up – 70 years late. The 1950s Labour plan that didn’t deliver improvements we’re campaigning for now.
To my astonishment, the Toft Hill Bypass is there on page 134c – undelivered during over half a century of local Labour dominance.
Richard Holden: This first Johnson year demanded tough short-term decisions. The coming second will demand tough long-term ones.
The towns of the North East, left behind for generations by Labour, will need to see their Conservative MPs forging a durable path to a future.