That’s why last week I launched my transport plan for the West Midlands – an ambitious, 20-year vision of how our constituent boroughs will be linked in the coming decades.
If we’re really going solve it and “build better” as Scruton wished then we need massive changes.
Plus: A sofa, two dogs, no cup of tea – and my Brexit evening. And: the pre-eminence of Policy Exchange.
If the Government does not communicate what is involved on its own terms, and soon, it risks inspiring a new political insurgency.
Ministers have been asked to push the Government’s priorities – tackling crime, funding the NHS, “levelling up”. How can these be effected without faster growth?
It is a reversion to the old tribal idea: this people good, that people bad. It challenges the notion that we are all individuals, responsible for our own behaviour.
All those named inadvertently paved the way for Britain’s exit. They feature an American President, a Supreme Court judge – and a quango.
Finally, the television licence. The principle ought to be that those who wish to watch the BBC pay a fee and those who don’t watch it do not.
Regardless of whether the party chooses Starmer or Long-Bailey, it seems intent of fighting the last war next time.
A WTO exit at the end of 2020 is not the probable outcome – but the risk does look under-priced.
Plus: No nay to Huawei. Or to HS2, too. And: my looming interview with Pompeo on his visit to London.
It is past time that Westminster overcame its queasiness about pressing the devolved administrations on their dire performance.
It is poor foreign policy. It will damage Israel’s counter-terrorism efforts. And it’s flagrantly unacceptable to the Palestinians.
We must explain the reasons for doing what we do – not just say what we do. Plus: ladders, CCHQ’s proposed move..and back to Education.
We have a candidate for PCC in Jay Singh-Sohal who grasps the complexities of policing one of the most densely populated areas in Europe.