The QT

Sunday 14 July 2024
14/07/2024

Author name: Paul Linford

The grown-ups are back in charge

It remains to be seen whether Labour’s landslide victory in the General Election will herald a period of radical political change in the UK, or whether it will simply usher in a spell of boring, competent, predictable government — the political equivalent, if you like, of Gareth Southgate’s England teams. But however things turn out …

A terrible reckoning is coming…

So…three weeks down, three still to go. If this is a ‘snap’ general election — an overused phrase if ever there was one — I’d like to see what a normal-length one looks like! Rishi Sunak’s rain-drenched announcement outside Number 10 already feels like a long time ago, even if it did rather set the …

Government minister talks to students

Who will join Bridget in the Cabinet?

With expectations of a Labour election landslide growing by the day, thoughts inevitably turn to the question of who might be in the next government, and specifically for our region, which North East MPs might make the cut. The one obvious shoo-in for Cabinet rank is of course Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland …

Will Labour level up our region?

Having observed the rise and fall of several governments over the course of my career, it seems to me that there always comes a point in the lifetime of an administration where all events conspire to the one end of inevitable electoral defeat. I witnessed it with the long, slow demise of John Major’s Government …

All roads lead to London

In my last column, I wrote that if anything has come to define the relative failure of the Government’s attempts to address the North-South divide over the past 14 years, it is surely the fiasco of HS2. A project that was supposed to link London with the North at a total cost of £37.5bn is …

North East loses out on HS2 ‘cashback’

Ministers have been accused of shortchanging the North East after it emerged that the region is to receive just £73m out of a new £4.7bn funding allocation. In a series of government announcements on Monday, reallocating funds from the axed HS2 rail scheme, the North West received £1.5m, Yorkshire and Humberside £950m, and the Midlands …

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