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  1. Mayors: A lesson from America

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    Downtown Detroit: local government has failed in the city Can Britain go too far in empowering local governments? Strong mayors can be innovators who better understand the needs of their diverse constituencies, but the American experience demonstrates the downside of devolution as well as the upside. In a sense, the...
  2. The UK’s last chance saloon

    The battle for Scotland began in earnest this week with David Cameron’s offer to give Alex Salmond the power to hold a decisive referendum on independence—but only if that referendum is held “sooner rather than later,” and only if it is on a clear in-or-out vote. Salmond’s response has been...
  3. Scotland alone

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    Devolution was meant to give Scotland the ability to solve its own problems. But since getting its own parliament, Scotland's dependency on England seems to have increased. A former Scots Tory explains why he has come to see independence as the solution—and why it would benefit England too

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