There’s a saying that “a week is a long time in politics”. Just a fortnight into the new coalition Government, it seems like a hour is pretty long too. With twenty two new Bills and one draft Bill contained in today’s Queen’s Speech, we will begin to get some clarity over the new policy landscape, but it was nontheless fascinating to attend the Regeneration and Transport Board at Local Government Association HQ yesterday.
It seems like I’ve spent the last six months attending various meetings where I’d be a millionaire if I had a pound for every time I heard “..no, we’d better leave that until after the General Election.” Now, a fortnight after the polls and it’s still hard to make decisions when we’re almost ‘standing by the phone’ to hear whether the funding’s still there, or whether that policy is still valid.
In a two hour meeting we debated regional kwangos, transport infrastructure, bus travel, skills and employment. It was a lively meeting and all parties seemed pleased to have much of the uncertainty out of the way, at least for the next five years.
Or is that totally unrealistic?