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Substance or those Titanic deck chairs?

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Jim asks if this week’s government reshuffle is good for business or just amounts to moving those Titanic deck chairs. He also thinks there’s a once in a blue moon chance of City being expelled from the Premiership in the near future.

Debt Ceiling

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Crisis? What Crisis? This week, Martin looks at the politically engineered Debt Ceiling Crisis and wonders, What happens next?

Planning Woes

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With UK ministers and civil servants being lobbied hard about changes to planning laws, Martin Liptrot wonders if perhaps its time to look at how local decision-making is better informed too.

Time to end costly ‘Beauty Contests’

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The latest tranche of ‘Levelling Up’ grants were announced this week. Whether your area was a winner or a loser the bidding process is fatally flawed and should be scrapped according to DIB boss Frank McKenna.

Send for the official solicitor!

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The law and strikes can be an explosive mix according to Jim. In this week’s blog he relates a lesson from industrial history on a previous Tory government’s attempt to curb union power through the courts.

Toughing it out

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The government seems to have decided to tough it out as multiple strikes hit the country. Jim is critical of both parties approach to the problem that has echoes in the last century.

Would The Queen be amused by the reaction to her passing?

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There have been some fitting tributes to the Queen who served the country so well for 70 years. But are decisions that further damage the economy, a virtual news blackout, and the cancellation of hospital appointments things that she would have supported? Frank McKenna’s latest blog…

It’s diverse, but will it work?

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Jim presents his comprehensive view on the new government appointments. He believes Liz Truss must be given a chance, but worries that levelling up the North is going to be overwhelmed by the energy crisis.

Queen’s speech breakout for Gov?

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Can the government change the agenda from price rises and sleaze? Jim looks at what we can expect in next week’s Queen’s Speech.

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