It’s been two years since the last new devolution deal was agreed in England – so the promise, in the Queen’s Speech, of a White Paper on the subject is encouraging.
It was great to see so many Conservative councillors in Manchester for our party conference in October.
The lack of progress on sharing power to a local level has led most councillors to think that this government has forgotten what ‘devolution’ means.
A 93-year-old pensioner got dragged out in the pouring rain to deliver a speech she didn’t write, with policies that won’t be delivered, from a government without the numbers to govern, pushing an agenda that is ill-thought out and badly conceived.
Much like September’s Spending Round, this pre-election Queen’s Speech promised much, but with little certainty of the current government actually having to deliver it.