Category: Totally Frank

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Labour at a crossroads

I warned in the last issue of DQ that should Labour shift its policy to the left it would face another period of time in the political wilderness. Following the General Election defeat in...

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EU Vote Outcome Far From Certain

Speaking of the EU, and once again the chattering classes and the political establishment appear to have been lulled into what I would suggest is a false sense of security over the outcome of...

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So What Happens Next?

The General Election is now a matter of weeks away, but before any of you get carried away into believing that the hourly diatribe of political comment, commentary and noise will soon be over,...

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Planet London

The drive for devolution to English regions is more than adequately covered in other sections of this issue of DQ. However, what are genuine calls for devolved powers and responsibilities for city regions in...

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It’s Leadership Stupid

At a time when the country is crying out for some inspirational leaders and leadership, it is fair to say that none of the head honchos from any of the UK’s political parties appear...

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Three is the Magic Number

A report headed by esteemed economist Jim O’Neil caused a stir last month with the suggestion that the great cities of Manchester and Liverpool should merge. The City Growth Commission, an independent inquiry aimed...

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Here’s to the Next Ten Years!

We should celebrate the past – not live in it. This is a phrase that I have often used when debating with Liverpool’s heritage lobby, who often seem to me to want to put...

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Don’t Underestimate the University of Life

Tony Blair famously stated that ‘education, education, education’ would be his government’s top priority, and it is fair to say that literally billions of pounds were invested into academia during the New Labour years....