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Burnham vs Johnson: how local government turned into the blame game

Whitehall has made a farce of local government. Now is the time to devolve powers in a way that matters

By Paul Collier  

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham addressing journalists this month. The new city mayor roles have provided regions with a voice, but little in the way of power. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images

“Deep rifts are tearing apart the fabric of our societies.” Those opening words of my book The Future of Capitalism seem sadly apposite. How have we got into a situation in which the evident common purpose of containing Covid-19 while not destroying our jobs has ended up being divisive? Why, instead of working together towards this readily…

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