It’s kicking off on the London Underground again. The tube unions – Aslef and the RMT – are angry with Transport for London (TfL) bosses because of changes to, erm, water coolers. Really.
Politics is a fickle thing… a year after entering City Hall, it’s astonishing how Sadiq Khan has successfully come to completely own London’s air quality challenge and moreover the measures the previous administration put in place to address it.
Last year saw a 20 per cent rise in knife attacks involving injuries to victims, up from 3,663 to 4,415. That’s someone being injured every two hours. This year alone there has been 30 deaths – and 24 of the victims have been under 25 years of age.
I first heard about the Northern line’s extension to Battersea from a now retired senior manager on the line. He told me that, for the first time since he had been an apprentice 30 years before, he had had to fill in a timesheet. This was to account for every minute he spent in meetings […]
Some of the most contentious issues of our time involve local government; housing and social care being obvious examples. There is a seductive narrative that it is failing because of ‘cuts’. And while it is true that funding has been squeezed, this easy argument glosses over the real problem: the system itself is broken.