When Johnson was Mayor, challenging performance targets were set – and a credible plan implemented to ensure they were achieved.
Vacuous proposals for a “national strategy” are made – with no reference to standards or teaching methods. Wishful thinking won’t fix the system.
People no longer buy coffee and a snack on their way into work, do not go out at lunchtime, and often stay in the premises late into the evening.
The elections are taking place next year. Leicestershire and Cheshire are among the Tory targets.
The Conservatives lost a seat to the Green Party in Aylesbury Vale in the only contest this week.
It is incumbent on all of us to spend less time moaning, and more time putting out energy into where we can get the best return on our limited resources.
Huge funds are handed over to prestige schemes in the capital. But modest funds for projects elsewhere would provide better value.
Rent control is not the answer. But we must ensure that deposits owed are promptly repaid and that rogue landlords are exposed.
A stricter separation between church and state at local level would safeguard against political patronage.
Despite clear demand for more retirement homes, only 162,000 properties have ever been built for ownership, thanks to red tape and other funding issues.
In the only contest taking place this week, the Conservatives held a seat in Stroud.
Practical skills such as bricklaying, electrical work, carpentry, and plumbing, can be taught alongside GCSEs.
Shortlists have been chosen for London South West and for Croydon and Sutton. The elections take place next year.
The experience of San Francisco was that the policy caused the supply of available rental housing to be reduced by 15 per cent.
Andrew Carter: More flexibility in council finances is needed if the target for new homes is to be met
Without a boost to infrastructure and local services, it will not be possible to increase the housing supply.