levelling up

Levelling up is failing

14 June 2022 8:45 pm

First the good news: the Office for National Statistics figures released today show that pay is rising at its fastest…

Boris Johnson is drifting

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Tory MPs only have one topic of conversation: the fate of Boris Johnson. They huddle together in offices in Portcullis…

Can Spain save its dying villages?

2 February 2022 11:55 pm

In a little village on the Spanish Meseta, I once asked an old lady about the next village some three…

Gove gets into gear

13 November 2021 2:06 am

‘This government ends if the red wall reverts back to type and we lose 45 seats then end up in…

Will the Tories cut taxes before the next election?

30 October 2021 12:35 pm

The Tory party has reached a fork in the road, I say in the Times today. One path involves sticking…

The Tories will pay a price for Boris's housing strategy

9 October 2021 2:55 am

One of the themes of Conservative conference was that the government has dropped plans for a radical reform of the…

Levelling up is Johnsonian cakeism

7 October 2021 1:45 am

Until this morning, few people in Britain will have heard of the works of Wilfredo Pareto (1848-1923). Now, thanks to…

How the Tories can 'level up' without annoying Nimbys

6 October 2021 12:48 am

Have the Conservatives lost their nerve on planning reform? Not quite, but a couple of small interventions at the Conservative…

How Boris can save Northern Ireland

28 July 2021 11:24 pm

Over the past few weeks and months, there has been plenty of focus on the Northern Ireland Brexit Protocol, and…

Is London being ‘levelled down’ already?

17 July 2021 12:15 am

In his ‘levelling up’ speech in Coventry this week, the Prime Minister insisted time and again that this was no…