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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.

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