Scotland’s historic vote is now behind us, but its legacy cannot be overestimated. If ever there was a moment for real devolution, to our cities and communities, it is now.

Last September, I moderated the first planning session in Amsterdam for a Global Parliament of Mayors, which hopefully will convene in London next autumn. This initiative is based on the notion that real devolution and informed policymaking best lie with engaged city leaders, who know the issues, rather than with relatively detached national governments.

As Britain’s main drivers of growth, our cities are hampered by having ...


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