Cuts Scene Investigation: The Devil in the Devolved Detail

Genuine constitutional reform or devolved spending cuts?

As predicted in yesterday’s entry, the Tax Credits U-Turn made the front pages of every English newspaper known to man. Unless you opened today’s copies of the Northern English newspapers, there was very little about devolution. Or at least, more specifically, the devolution of Business Rates.
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The North North of the Border: A New South Scotland?

A pipe dream or a possibility?

Over the last week, most of the UK’s populace was agog at David Cameron clinching another term of office. That as part of a majority Conservative government, Britain’s first since April 1992. As well as apathy and the most partisan press campaign since Michael Foot was Labour leader, nationalism played a major part. The UKIP vote ate into Labour’s share as well as the Conservatives’ votes. Continue reading “The North North of the Border: A New South Scotland?”

The View from Ridge Hill – Part Two: Our Town, Our Way

The concluding part of our series on the state of Stalybridge

Stalybridge sundial, Armentieres Square.
A sunnier outlook: could greater devolution unlock Stalybridge’s potential as The Gateway to the Pennines?

Friday 20 September 2014, Westminster. A typical work day, but a seminal moment North and South of the Border. A sigh of relief for the Coalition Government and Labour as the break up of the UK was postponed. In a referendum the previous Thursday, Scotland voted against independence from Westminster: 55% NO, 45% YES. Shortly after the result and in the run-up to the referendum, there was talk of greater devolution in England. In this case, its main urban areas, federal units, or an English parliament.

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The View from Ridge Hill – Part One: Whose Town Is It Anyway?

A two part series on the state of Stalybridge

Broken bus stop flag, Armentieres Square, Stalybridge
A Christmas Eve 2009 view of Armentieres Square shops, and a broken bus stop flag.

 

Monday 16 March, Stalybridge town centre. A typical work day, not that you were able to tell unless you went to the town’s Tesco store. Melbourne Street and Grosvenor Street, its main shopping streets: a place where the tumbleweed jumped ship years ago. Continue reading “The View from Ridge Hill – Part One: Whose Town Is It Anyway?”