Devolution

The Northern Powerhouse: Why It's the Real Deal

Paul Worthington | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Worthington

It is easy to be cynical about the Northern Powerhouse. Critics have already labelled it as tokenism, or an afterthought from the Conservative Party to appease concerns that it does not think beyond its traditional strongholds. But it is more than that. Furthermore, criticising the vision before it has even got off the ground is actually counter-productive in the long run.

Nothing Says 'Awkward' More Than Osborne Holding The Flag Of St George

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Politics

Taking inspiration from his namesake St George, the Chancellor yesterday declared: “We have recaptured the English flag.” As the Conservatives ...

British Politics: Devolved Parliament And Assemblies - Here's How It All Works

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

It can all get a bit confusing with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland having varying degrees of independence. That's why we've teamed up with Br...

The New Kids on the Municipal Block

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

The outposts of local and central government should more readily view and accept the leaders of public private partnerships as willing and able associates with whom strong local alliances can be formed.

The Soft Power Behind Devolution

Penelope, Viscountess Cobham CBE | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK
Penelope, Viscountess Cobham CBE

Creating strong identities for regions through outstanding tourism experiences can deliver a lot more than more visitors. A strong identity can provide soft power support for regions in their struggle for self-determination by building strong local economies.

Delivering Devolution

Conor Gearty | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Conor Gearty

The debate in the UK regarding devolution, is in a bit of a mess. Three separate processes are rumbling on for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, each at a different speed. Calling the situation within England a "process" would be overly generous.

Boris Tells George How To 'Detoxify Politics'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Politics

Even 3,000 miles away, Boris Johnson is still making mischief for his Tory colleagues. The London Mayor, currently on a seven-day trade visit to the U...

Scottish MPs Voting on English Laws: Is Federalism the way forward?

Lewis Parker | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Lewis Parker

The creation of an English Parliament would face considerable issues and political hardship; given the size of England in relation to the rest of the Union. However taking into account the current path we are on, I believe that the creation of a federal Britain is the only viable route we can take. This will help to create a more democratic society, paving the way for another 300 years of political union.

Like With the Rip-off Energy Firms, Labour Is Determined to Take on the Bus Barons

Michael Dugher | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

The way local bus services are provided is not fit for purpose. Labour will stand up for passengers by changing the way things work to hand all English regions London-style powers over local bus services. This will ensure communities get the local bus services they need and deserve.

In an Age of Space Travel, Why Are We Governed by a System From the Era of the Horse and Carriage?

Martin Wilding | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics
Martin Wilding

Electoral legitimacy is the weak spot in the Palace of Westminster. Once a new system is defined, that will be the place to pile the barrels of gunpowder. The building itself should become a nice little earner for the National Trust.

English Votes for English Laws and Labour Desperation

Harry Saville | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Politics
Harry Saville

Labour's latest policy announcement, creation of a committee of English MPs to scrutinise bills only relating to England, highlights the party's panic over the Conservatives popular English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) proposals.

A Formula for Change? The Future of the Barnett Formula

Paul Tombs | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Tombs

The Barnett formula has always created winners and losers, but it has survived 36 years because it balances some difficult political considerations. But greater devolution across the UK is placing increasing strain on the formula, and reform is very much on the agenda.

Letting Londoners Run London Will Be Good for All of Britain

Sadiq Khan | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

The devolution debate in the UK is often portrayed as 'London versus the rest of the UK'. In reality, devolving more power and responsibility to London's Government is not just good for Londoners, it's good for the rest of the UK too.

Devolution the Way Forward for Britain

Kamran Hussain | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kamran Hussain

There is a general consensus that politics needs to have more transparency, integrity and accountability. Further devolution will be welcomed as regions would be able to allocate money where they think it is most needed. There will also be opportunities for more people to get involved in politics at a local level.

After Scotland: English Devolution - why, what and how?

John Tizard | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

September 18th 2014 has changed the politics and governance of the UK radically and irreversibly. But let's please be clear about what we are seeking to do and for what purpose; and then let's get to it!

SNP Demands Scottish Government Be Given Full Control Of Taxes

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK

The Scottish Government has called for Holyrood to be given full control of all taxes and welfare in its submission to the commission tasked with reac...

Counties Demand Devolved Powers - What 'One Place, One Budget' Could Achieve

David Hodge | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Politics
David Hodge

Last week's No vote in the Scottish referendum marks the start of a new discussion, one devoted to devolution that could lead to the transform of the whole of the UK. Whatever results from the negotiations around Scottish Devo-max or the immediate fallout for the UK's other regions, what is perhaps more significant is that a generation of voters has recognised a Whitehall and Westminster centred model is not set in stone...

No Vote Creates Greater Uncertainty for British Business

Charlie Mullins | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

The dust has seemingly started to settle after the Scottish people decided that we are, indeed, better together, but it has led to a period of uncertainty that has the danger to damage both countries, the Union and our economy if it's not resolved.

The Mathematics of Devolution

John Watson | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Watson

Whatever one might think politically, the Scottish "No" vote avoids some nasty questions for those of us who live south of the border. Would we have found a new home for Trident? Would the reduction of clout have prevented us reforming the EU? Would it have lost us our seat on the Security Council?...

Could Scotland's 'No' Vote Lead to a Revolution for the Unemployed?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The people of Scotland have spoken, and they believe we are better together after all. The dust hasn't settled on this historic vote, but the win for 'no' was gained by English politicians entering the fray at the last minute and promising more powers for the region...

The Union Itself Wasn't Broken... But Politics Certainly Is

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Should devolution extend to England too? Should Scotland now get the 'devo max' option that didn't appear on the ballot paper? Should Scottish MPs continue to vote on English-only issues in Parliament? These are all thorny issues as we want to decide what the Union should look like to bring it up to date.

Mehdi Hasan

What Is The West Lothian Question And Is There An Answer To It?

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Politics

In a parliamentary debate on devolution to Scotland and Wales on 14 November 1977, the then Labour MP for West Lothian, Tam Dalyell, rose to his feet ...

Time for a New Start

Robin Lustig | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

The people of Scotland have taught the rest of us an invaluable lesson. They have shown us that people do still care about the country they live in, its future, and how it is governed, and that they can become engaged, enthusiastic and passionate if they believe their views will make a real difference. So surely we can learn that lesson and build on it. Now it's time for the rest of us to demand that we too are given the same opportunity to make our voices heard, so that we too can have a say in what kind of country we and our children will live in.

Now The North's Newspapers Have United To Demand Devolved Power

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK

Following Scotland's historic referendum vote, regional newspapers in northern England have united to launch a campaign for greater powers in the nort...

Clegg: Scottish Independence Would Mean Change For How Scottish MPs Vote In Westminster

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics

The way Scottish MPs vote at Westminster will have to change if new powers are handed to the Scottish Parliament in the event of a No vote in the refe...