Labour must move on from the past, too. Old Labour favoured top-down control from Whitehall. New Labour used managerialism and performance indicators to run things from the centre.....Devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is accelerating. We must support England’s right to its own voice too.Of course she doesn't mention the key to devolved administration, taxes. In Switzerland central government only levies a third of tax - the balance is levied directly by cantons and municipalities. Unless we also devolve taxation in the UK we won't be rid of Labour's overweening central State.
However, I simply can't see Labour's NEC agreeing a manifesto that devolves taxation let alone devolves power from Whitehall and Westminster. Like Osborne's devolution of the tough, unpopular rationing decisions whilst retaining control of the tax levers, they will no doubt come up with some sort of meaningless fudge.
Still, the light is at least starting to dawn amongst our metropolitan elite.