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.
Conservative MP Nick Boles told an Institute for Government audience on Monday about travelling to the US in 2008 during the early stages of the preparations for the 2010 General Election. Meeting with senior Democrats overseeing the transition, he found that they had around 500 people working on various aspects of Obama's preparation for government. At around the same time, the Conservatives had seven.