England

England Expects: The new English Deal

Dominic Rustecki, Richard Carr

Introduction – the problem For a variety of understandable and often justifiable reasons, the past century has seen British democracy become ever more centralised. In 1905 local authority spending made up 57 per cent of total public expenditure, with local spend still above that of central government as Britain entered the first world war. But…

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England expects: Restoring political communities

Lord Maurice Glasman

Despite popular myth making by both its opponents and its allies, and the evidence of its record in government, the Labour party has not always been about a centralising, exclusively administrative approach to government. In many ways its origins are small ‘c’ conservative – as Burkean little platoons resisting the tyranny of market and state,…