Counties are the most exposed to financial pressures, but the least resourced to deal with them. Rural residents are getting a raw deal.
A more collaborative approach with the districts over planning approval could avoid unnecessary complexity and delay.
We should look to Asia for a practical and cost-effective way to give rough sleepers a permanent address and bed for the night.
At PMQs, the Prime Minister pointed to a street on the border of Lambeth and Wandsworth, where the Labour-run side pays far higher council tax.
A switch to unitary authorities would save money and avoid confusion over the responsibility for different services.
Brexit, housing, public sector pay, education, and industrial strategy should be the the stars by which ministers set a course for victory in 2022.
The Government has heard the message, and is dropping the mayoral requirement for rural counties seeking increased devolved power.