Re: Does the Tory Government Actually Know What It Is Doing ?
Come to Birmingham (within the Ring Road).
Well there’s the problem. Every German town over 250k people will have a robust urban rail/S-Bahn network. The only places in England making that happen are Birmingham and Manchester - big cities with over a million people who could easily justify their own metro/underground network - not just a glorified tram network (which does NOT constitute a “metro” regardless of how it’s branded).
This leaves… everybody else (Leeds, Bradford, Derby, Stoke on Trent) struggling to convince Treasury that there’s any merit in public transport or that they need things like trams or walkable infrastructure.
There’s an increasing case to be made that national government doesn’t really work. All the important issues are either inter-governmental (climate change, tax avoidance, trade treaties, etc) or local/regional (infrastructure, education, transport - guess why Germany has such good public transport - it’s managed at state/Lander level. Not reliant on begging Berlin for attention once every couple of decades. The decision-makers have skin in the game).
The national government shouldn’t have responsibility for anything beyond defence and handling international treaties & relationships. Let the regions get on with sorting out infrastructure.
Of course this government hates devolution - and not just in the regions. They’ve stripped TfN of their powers but also knee-capped TfL. Local authorities are on their knees after a decade of austerity. They’ve spent the last 5 years trying to centralise power back into Westminster and we’re all going to be poorer for it (unless you’re in a favoured “red wall” constituency, but even those brides will be transitory).