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In July 2015, Cornwall was the first rural authority to sign a devolution deal. So what has happened in the subsequent 18 months? Have our ambitions been realised? And does devolution remain a key enabler for the future of health...

Winning hearts and minds

Health and council leaders need to work harder to get the public involved, writes Richard Vize
The NHS has always struggled to find the right relationship with patients and the public. Clinicians and managers know that listening to local communities and...

Education matters

This autumn marks twenty-one years since Tony Blair’s famous pledge on the priorities of the government he would lead: “education, education, and education”. As that promise comes of age, I have been looking at how the Tories are today failing...

A new statecraft

Devolution offers a real opportunity to reconnect with the ‘left behind’ who are alienated from our democratic institutions. But approaches so far have fallen short, as Jessica Studdert explains
We have had a lot of democracy this year. The results of national polls on both sides of the Atlantic have confounded experts...

A power of good

While Brexiters talk of taking back control from Brussels, the real shift we need is from Westminster to mayors, first ministers and council leaders
2016 has seen some extraordinary events take place. A new prime minister and  government. Donald Trump becoming...

The problem of "English socialism"

There have been many calls over the last few weeks and months for Labour to rediscover patriotism and embrace the idea of a distinctively English – or possibly British – version of socialism, consistent with national identity. This is of...

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