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Rebalancing the economy

John Mills

The forthcoming EU referendum has turned out to be a major distraction from where our real economic problems lie. Some of the reasons why our economy is slowing have to do with the world economic situation – banking and credit problems in China, instability in the Eurozone, particularly in Greece and Italy and increasing debt…

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Future paths for the arts

Lois Stonock

The last time the government took a holistic look at the arts sector was in 1965 with the publication of the first ever culture white paper by Jennie Lee entitled ‘A Policy for the Arts, First Steps’. The paper sought to outline a path to making ‘the arts’ accessible to all. Now in 2016 we…

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England in a federal UK

Peter Hain

Answering the English question – left by what since 1999 has been an asymmetric devolution of power to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland but, the special case of London aside, not to England’s regions or city regions – remains the conspicuous, unfinished business of devolution. Despite devolution elsewhere England remains one of the most centralised…