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Time for action: Cameron must commit to London’s crucial transport and infrastructure projects

13th May 2015

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This article originally appeared in the Evening Standard on 13/05/2015. The first weeks and months of a new parliament are critical for getting major infrastructure schemes under way.  Decisions ducked in a government’s brief “honeymoon” period often become too controversial thereafter, and the lead time between decisions and the start of construction — when projects [...]

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Why do so many governments achieve so little?

11th May 2015

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These book reviews originally appeared in the New Statesman on 04/05/2015. How to Run a Government: So That Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don’t Go Crazy Michael Barber Allen Lane, 337pp, £16.99 Who Governs Britain? Anthony King Pelican, 331pp, £7.99 It is remarkable how little most ministers and most governments achieve. A handful of reforms are the [...]

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Don’t lead Britain out of Europe, Andrew Adonis warns Nick Clegg

27th April 2015

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This interview by Tim Wigmore originally appeared in the New Statesman.  History will “never forgive” the Liberal Democrats if they “sit on the fence or – even worse – act as a catalyst for Britain’s withdrawal from Europe,” Andrew Adonis warns in an interview with the New Statesman. The remarks came after Nick Clegg gave the [...]

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The next age of the car in London

10th April 2015

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This article originally appeared in City A.M. on 9/04/2015.  London could lead a revolution in car use and car ownership over the next decade, by divorcing the two. It may soon be unnecessary to own a car to secure the full benefits of car ownership, due to a combination of continued improvement in public transport, [...]

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Better growth, fairer chances: the case for sub-regional economic development

27th March 2015

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This article, written by Andrew Adonis and John Healey MP, originally appeared as part of the Compass pamphlet Finding our Voice: Making the 21st Century State. Better growth, fairer chances: the case for sub-regional economic development Britain needs a new kind of economy: more investment, more innovation, better jobs and more equal chances. This economy can [...]

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City villages: More homes, better communities

25th March 2015

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City villages: more homes, better communities, edited by Andrew Adonis and Bill Davies was published on 24/03/2015 by IPPR. You can download a copy of the essays here. Britain faces its greatest housing crisis since the aftermath of the second world war. Then, the private sector, proactive local authorities and central government combined to meet the [...]

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The case for City Villages

24th March 2015

This article originally appeared in City A.M. on 24/03/2015. There is no single solution to London’s housing crisis. But a key element is the systematic regeneration of the huge tracts of land owned by the capital’s 32 local authorities, much of it occupied by council estates in desperate need of renewal. Hundreds of new “city [...]

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When The People Say Not Sure

20th March 2015

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Yesterday I was interviewed by Peter Hennessy on the conventions, laws, precedents and principles that guide government formation when no single party wins an overall majority in the House of Commons. Click here to listen to the interview. The programme description below is from BBC Radio 4, originally broadcast on 19/03/2015.  With the prospect of a closely fought [...]

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Mr Osborne’s Economic Experiment – Book Review

2nd March 2015

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This book review originally appeared in the Observer on 01/03/2015. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images None of today’s economic commentators has more experience than the Observer’s long-standing columnist William Keegan, and he brings this experience brilliantly to bear in Mr Osborne’s Economic Experiment, a demolition of the argument that austerity economics were required in 2010 because Britain was “broke”. Keegan [...]

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Tessa can bring the Olympics spirit to solving the housing crisis

19th February 2015

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This interview (by Joe Murphy) originally appeared in the Evening Standard on 19/02/2015 and the below editorial comment originally appeared in the same edition. — Labour peer Andrew Adonis today ruled himself out of the London mayoral race – and swung his weight behind bookies’ favourite Dame Tessa Jowell. In a dramatic interview with the [...]

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