Tony Travers, director, LSE London
The Grenfell Tower Inquiry will, eventually, tell us a great deal about the nature of government and also about public sector contracting in the UK.
The government’s response to the implications for Northern Ireland of the result of Ireland’s referendum on abortion was to defend the principle that any decision on the future of abortion law in the North should be made by the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont rather than by the UK Parliament at Westminster.
The stand-off between the Scottish administration and the UK government at Westminster is a constitutional showdown of major proportions.
James Brokenshire is the third secretary of state with responsibility for local government and housing since Eric Pickles left office in May 2015 – and the seventh since David Miliband took over the equivalent role in May 2005. There have been just four chancellors of the Exchequer and four prime ministers since 2005.
Windrush generation failures will not be seen as systematic of central departments’ failings
The LSE’s Tony Travers warns any radical left-wing council leadership would face constraint
The local elections season provides a timely reminder of just what a mess the major British political parties are in – mostly at the national level.
Local government has no direct role in the Brexit negotiations. The process of doing transition and exit deals with the EU27 is concentrated in a very few hands, at the core of Whitehall and in No 10.
The fanfare surrounding the publication of a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPFF) concentrated on the need to build more homes in England.
Housing is now politically important for a number of distinct reasons.