Well. We got that a bit wrong, didn’t we?
Last week on this podcast, Stephen Bush, Patrick Maguire and myself made our predictions for last Thursday’s English mayoral elections. This week, we conduct the post-mortem, looking at the actual results and how they diverged from our predictions. (Spoiler alert: it’s a lot.)
We talk about what the Tories’ success, the Liberal Democrats’ failure, how the supplementary vote gives us a headache, and why Manchester mayor Andy Burnham might just be the man to save us.
That covers the politics. To talk about the more wonkish stuff, I’m joined by two very clever people from the Centre for Cities, director Andrew Carter and principal economist Paul Swinney. We discuss how the new mayors will establish themselves, what that Tory success means for the future of devolution policy – and what will happen to those cities that have been left behind.
Advance warning: next week I’m off to Montreal for a conference (about trains!), so in all likelihood there won’t be a new podcast. We’ll be back in two weeks. Just so you know.