Wednesday, 20 May 2009


The world of politics may not be newly made this morning but the chance that it may be is real-and that cannot be said to have been the case for too long. I've heard all the sage old uncles tell us about strengthening the parliament against the executive, elected Select Committee Chairs and even electoral reform.
One dimension of the reform I have not heard is the need to strengthen the local and provincial against the centre. It is often said that England is the most centralised of unitary states. One of the key measures of how reformed our new system is will be how much power is wrestled from Westminster government to Town Halls and if we create new structures like the Welsh Assembly within England.