The author of Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne, once said that 'organising is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up'. This coalition government has demonstrated a boldly pragmatic and non-ideological mindset since taking office. Nevertheless, there is a danger that on planning, the Government is ideologically dismissing an integrated approach in favour of extending responsibility to communities. Localism is great for running a local park, but it cannot provide integrated national solutions to the big environmental challenges facing the UK.
By connecting the north to the rest of the world, we will bring not only jobs and investment to northern regions, but also a sense of purpose and an international place to northern cities, and with that a newfound self-confidence and ambition.
Last Wednesday at the View Tube, an arts and community center in East London within clear view of the nascent 2012 Olympic
Given the Conservatives' blanket opposition to expansion at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, and their conscientiously-crafted