Black Watch.(Parliamentary Round-Up)

Last month BlackWatch promised a guess at our fire safety future under John Prescott's overt scheme for a regionalised England.

Not so easy a task now, following the NE Referendum result--a nearly four to one defeat for his elected assembly plans. But will this mean the end of his 'Balkanised Britain' proposals?

Don't put money on it. Fighter that he is, Mr P will simply readjust his designs [see opposite]. What sunk the NE campaign were clear local objections set against an unclear regional assembly. Suppose the next offer is for stronger, fewer local councils but with key powers for finance and master planning kept regionally albeit, in effect, centrally enforced? …

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