Would handing No. 10’s powers to local leaders have improved the UK’s Covid response?

Countries taking a more regional approach have had success in tackling virus - and avoided domestic disputes

Boris Johnson emerges from 10 Downing Street
Countries taking a more regional approach have had success in tackling virus - and avoided domestic disputes
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Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, England’s regional mayors rarely made headlines outside of their local newspapers.

But as The Guardian’s Simon Jenkins writes, “suddenly mayors matter”, as northern leaders clash with Downing Street over local lockdown measures and financial support for struggling businesses.

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