Real levelling-up means going local | Letters

1/9/2022 9:26:00 AM

Real levelling-up means going local | Letters

Inequality, Conservatives

Real levelling-up means going local | Letters

If it is serious about reducing inequality, the government should devolve some of its powers

Oxford Science Park: ‘The Oxford/Cambridge/London research and development triangle grows apace while universities elsewhere often struggle to find funds.The warning came from NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Friday in Brussels.Astronomers watched a red supergiant transform into a supernova in real time.(Image: SPLASH•BBC) Gethin Jones' Christmas plans were disrupted by Covid (Image: BBC) Amanda Owen stuns Our Yorkshire Farm fans with update on new arrival However, Gethin was forced to drop out of some of his TV work commitments after catching Covid himself.

’ Photograph: Martin Godwin/The Guardian Oxford Science Park: ‘The Oxford/Cambridge/London research and development triangle grows apace while universities elsewhere often struggle to find funds.’ Photograph: Martin Godwin/The Guardian Sun 9 Jan 2022 06. Also insisted US would make no decision on European security without Europe.00 GMT Phillip Inman strikes exactly the right note on the so-called levelling-up agenda (“ It’s hard to ‘level up’ when No 10 is bearing down on us ”, Business). If Michael Gove and co focus on structures rather than activity, outputs and outcomes, levelling up will struggle to get off the ground. Let’s also accept that meaningful activities, outputs and outcomes are in any case hard to achieve, given tough economic times, short-term political life cycles and economic and social inequities.” Gethin Jones found it difficult dealing with the coronavirus lockdown while living on his own (Image: GETTY) Gethin Jones is a presenter on Morning Live (Image: SPLASH) Despite the tough situation, The One Show host managed to keep his struggles in perspective during lockdown, as his sister was working on the frontline throughout the pandemic for the NHS.

If funding is to be properly channelled to relatively poor regions and localities, a government with less centralised control tendencies would be welcome. Beyond cities and regions with mayors and to avoid the inevitable mess and cost of too much restructuring, maybe it’s time to trust local authorities with regeneration activity and the like. Wouldn’t that be something after more than a decade of devastating cuts to local services? Central government could require local plans, a reporting process and some incentives or curbs, depending on progress. Even better, local people could have some involvement through existing consultation methods and citizen assemblies could be tried out. This approach might just stand a fighting chance of making a real difference.

Steve West Fordingbridge, Hampshire Phillip Inman rightly draws attention to the problems with levelling up the north. Some of the problems lie here in Oxford, where donors seemingly queue up to fund new establishments, leading to all sorts of problems with affordable housing and undesirable green-belt development. Sometimes, the investment is very much to the good (there will be soon be millions more invested in vaccinology, for example), but the Oxford/Cambridge/London research and development triangle grows apace while universities elsewhere often struggle to find funds. A combined government and private enterprise initiative to divert research money to, say, Bristol, Birmingham and Sheffield would be welcome, though I cannot see our Oxford-based political establishment agreeing to this, alas. Don Manley Oxford Nazi art theft revealed With Vanessa Thorpe’s interesting article about Pauline Baer de Perignon’s sleuthing to recover her family’s Nazi-looted art, another piece of the jigsaw of wartime art theft falls into place (“ The amateur sleuth, the galleries and a fight for family art looted by the Nazis ”, News).

I am reading the seminal work on the subject of Nazi art theft and the fate of Europe’s treasures in the Second World War, The Rape of Europa by Lynn H Nicholas. It must have been an influence on the making of the film The Monuments Men because so many events recorded in the book are portrayed in the film. The book is a masterwork of research, explaining the convoluted schemes to illegally acquire much of the patrimony of the conquered nations of Europe. It also explains the Allied programme for rescue, repatriation and restitution by “the monuments men” and their work with museum curators in the liberated nations. There are many unrecovered treasures from the period that perhaps will come to light, not least because of the diligent and persistent endeavours of people such as Pauline Baer de Perignon.

Paul F Faupel .

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Oxford Science Park: ‘The Oxford/Cambridge/London research and development triangle grows apace while universities elsewhere often struggle to find funds.The warning came from NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Friday in Brussels.Astronomers watched a red supergiant transform into a supernova in real time.(Image: SPLASH•BBC) Gethin Jones' Christmas plans were disrupted by Covid (Image: BBC) Amanda Owen stuns Our Yorkshire Farm fans with update on new arrival However, Gethin was forced to drop out of some of his TV work commitments after catching Covid himself.

’ Photograph: Martin Godwin/The Guardian Oxford Science Park: ‘The Oxford/Cambridge/London research and development triangle grows apace while universities elsewhere often struggle to find funds.’ Photograph: Martin Godwin/The Guardian Sun 9 Jan 2022 06. Also insisted US would make no decision on European security without Europe.00 GMT Phillip Inman strikes exactly the right note on the so-called levelling-up agenda (“ It’s hard to ‘level up’ when No 10 is bearing down on us ”, Business). If Michael Gove and co focus on structures rather than activity, outputs and outcomes, levelling up will struggle to get off the ground. Let’s also accept that meaningful activities, outputs and outcomes are in any case hard to achieve, given tough economic times, short-term political life cycles and economic and social inequities.” Gethin Jones found it difficult dealing with the coronavirus lockdown while living on his own (Image: GETTY) Gethin Jones is a presenter on Morning Live (Image: SPLASH) Despite the tough situation, The One Show host managed to keep his struggles in perspective during lockdown, as his sister was working on the frontline throughout the pandemic for the NHS.

If funding is to be properly channelled to relatively poor regions and localities, a government with less centralised control tendencies would be welcome. Beyond cities and regions with mayors and to avoid the inevitable mess and cost of too much restructuring, maybe it’s time to trust local authorities with regeneration activity and the like. Wouldn’t that be something after more than a decade of devastating cuts to local services? Central government could require local plans, a reporting process and some incentives or curbs, depending on progress. Even better, local people could have some involvement through existing consultation methods and citizen assemblies could be tried out. This approach might just stand a fighting chance of making a real difference.

Steve West Fordingbridge, Hampshire Phillip Inman rightly draws attention to the problems with levelling up the north. Some of the problems lie here in Oxford, where donors seemingly queue up to fund new establishments, leading to all sorts of problems with affordable housing and undesirable green-belt development. Sometimes, the investment is very much to the good (there will be soon be millions more invested in vaccinology, for example), but the Oxford/Cambridge/London research and development triangle grows apace while universities elsewhere often struggle to find funds. A combined government and private enterprise initiative to divert research money to, say, Bristol, Birmingham and Sheffield would be welcome, though I cannot see our Oxford-based political establishment agreeing to this, alas. Don Manley Oxford Nazi art theft revealed With Vanessa Thorpe’s interesting article about Pauline Baer de Perignon’s sleuthing to recover her family’s Nazi-looted art, another piece of the jigsaw of wartime art theft falls into place (“ The amateur sleuth, the galleries and a fight for family art looted by the Nazis ”, News).

I am reading the seminal work on the subject of Nazi art theft and the fate of Europe’s treasures in the Second World War, The Rape of Europa by Lynn H Nicholas. It must have been an influence on the making of the film The Monuments Men because so many events recorded in the book are portrayed in the film. The book is a masterwork of research, explaining the convoluted schemes to illegally acquire much of the patrimony of the conquered nations of Europe. It also explains the Allied programme for rescue, repatriation and restitution by “the monuments men” and their work with museum curators in the liberated nations. There are many unrecovered treasures from the period that perhaps will come to light, not least because of the diligent and persistent endeavours of people such as Pauline Baer de Perignon.

Paul F Faupel .