The debate in England's major provincial cities over whether to have elected mayors - to be determined in referendums next May - is hotting up. At a debate in Bristol last week, support seemed widespread, although several concerns specific to Bristol were also raised.
This week saw the publication of the latest annual British Attitudes Survey. It showed that while three-quarters of people think the gap between rich and poor is too large, only a third of people think the answer is for government to redistribute more. Though attracting much attention, the survey builds on a trend that has been emerging for a decade.