The replacement of every council leader in England with a directly elected mayor - that is the aim of the English Democrats’ new campaign intended to breathe competition and accountability into local government.
The most distinctive and internationally famous feature of British politics and Parliament is Prime Minister’s questions which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. The raucousness, noise, and adversarial point-scoring have often been deplored, not least by successive Speakers of the Commons. It is inconceivable, however, that it could ever cease.
As the scandal surrounding News International unfolds on a daily if not hourly basis, one issue which the Opposition and the media are likely to continue to press is the appointment of Andy Coulson to the Director of Communications role at No.10.
John Major nowadays rarely ventures into public debate. But in a Ditchley Foundation lecture delivered to a large part of the political and civil service establishment on Saturday, he set out not one but two bold ideas for today’s politicians to ponder.