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TOWARDS A FEDERAL BRITAIN?

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The Economist (p25) carries three articles on the government moves to devolve power to Scotland, Wales and the Engl...
The Economist (p25) carries three articles on the government moves to devolve power to Scotland, Wales and the English regions.

The first looks at the creation of the regional development agencies and concludes that if the government shows itself able to allow genuine policy diversity from region to region, and the agencies prove they can stimulate regional growth where central government has failed, the case for giving them more power will become strong. The more powerful the agencies become, the stronger will be the push for elected regional government.

The second article looks at a new poll on attitudes to devolution within England which finds that most English people (65%) agree that a regional government would look after their interests better than central government. But the poll also shows they are wary of local politicians and worried by the idea of more red tape.

The third piece looks at the drive to create an elected assembly for the north-east.
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