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Westminster is Strangling Local Government

Westminster is Strangling Local Government

Local councils around the UK are required by law to maintain a balanced budget, spending no more than they can afford. If only central government had the same requirement! But recently, council after council has either had to dip into their emergency savings, sell off assets, slash public services or […]

Blog: We need English devolution, not metro mayors

Blog: We need English devolution, not metro mayors

In December last year residents of Doncaster and Barnsley voted to reject the government’s ‘Sheffield City Region’ combined authority which will see an elected metro mayor in a region straddling South Yorkshire, and parts of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has persistently rejected demands from many of the […]

Blog: A Not-So-Liberal Brexit

Blog: A Not-So-Liberal Brexit

Yesterday (February 14, 2018), Boris Johnson gave his much anticipated speech on Brexit. It was an effort to reach out to Remain voters, and to supposedly make the case for a so called Liberal Brexit. He wants to argue that Britain can have a better, more prosperous future outside the […]

100 years of votes for women

100 years of votes for women

How far we’ve come and how far there’s still to go World’s Graphic Press Limited Roberta Guerrina, University of Surrey As we mark the centenary of women’s votes in the UK, it’s important to reflect both on the achievements of the women’s rights movements as well as the work that […]

Blog: Unsustainable Devolution

Blog: Unsustainable Devolution

On Friday October 27th, the Catalan parliament in Barcelona issued a declaration of independence, proclaiming Catalonia to be a sovereign and independent republic, separate from Spain. Of course the validity and legality of this dramatic step is, as I write, deeply contested both within and beyond Catalonia, but support is […]

Brief Statement on Catalonia

Brief Statement on Catalonia

The Spanish government is engaged in a systematic attempt to undermine democracy in the region of Catalonia. They have threatened to arrest 700 elected mayors, other elected officials and the former head of the government. They have conducted raids of newspapers and other media organisations, and shut down a number […]