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Covid-19 exposes the nonsensical structure of English governance

There can now be no doubt that our system for running the country is the wrong one

By John Denham  

If the world has rediscovered the importance of good national government, it is a measure of England’s governance that the nation heads the dismal European league of excess deaths. Only governments can underwrite the economy, organise health and social care and protect the public. England has discovered the need for government only to find itself with a state incapable of effective action.

Ministers’ confident British exceptionalism—we always do things better here—has been exposed. But their hubris sits on a system of government that has been steadily failing for years.

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