Liam Booth-Smith, chief executive, Localis
Efforts to reinvigorate apprenticeships are welcome but need refinement if we are truly to present our young people with a multitude of routes to success
A sector-wide approach may be hampering efforts to show how local government can help make Brexit work
The first test of a Budget is the five hours following the chancellor’s statement at the dispatch box.
When Localis published The Making of an Industrial Strategy in March, some in local government saw our call for strategic authorities as weighing in on one side of the reorganisation debate.
There are moments, when faced with something so severe, so frightening, that we forget the role we are playing.
The British public get the governments they want. On this occasion, much as in 2010, it is a Tory one but with a hand on the shoulder.
This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the ‘summer of love’; 1967’s part- countercultural revolution, part-hippy jamboree.
The author Julian Barnes once said novelists write around their themes and subjects, not about them.
The Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein used to share a parable with his students in which he asked them to imagine a man who had spent his entire life eating nothing but meat and potatoes.
“Style is not neutral,” wrote author Martin Amis, “it gives moral directions.”