Magazine
Latest Issue

Devolution to the counties: Too important to ignore

In the city-regions, Metro-mayors stand ready to remake their local economies. Time to extend the devolution agenda

By Tom Follett  

Prime Minister Theresa May is greeted by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street ahead of a visit to the UTC Aerospace Systems factory during a campaign in Wolverhampton with newly-elected West Midlands Mayor Andy Street. Photo: Jack Taylor/PA Archive/PA Images

The growing list of problems at the government’s door has prompted comparisons with the 1970s. At the time, journalists and academics asked if Britain had become “ungovernable.” There are similarities; two overstretched governments, lurching from one crisis to the next, pulling levers that no longer work more out of habit than ideological conviction.

Central government finds itself overextended by…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect