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In defence of devolution: a response to Polly Toynbee

Prospect’s column on centralisation was fallacious at best. At worst it was simply anti-democratic

By Simon Kaye & Luca Tiratelli  

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In the most recent issue of Prospect, Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee urges readers to be careful what they wish for when it comes to devolution. In her piece, she defends England’s centralised status quo and sets out a range of arguments against decisions being made at local levels.  

In our highly centralised country, there is no shortage of people who want to limit power to SW1, but these beliefs are usually tacit. Politicians are careful to pay lip-service to the need for more regional control, while doing little to disperse power. Toynbee is rather more forthright.  

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