Picture of Professor Matthew Flinders with Len Tingle from BBC's Politics ShowLeading the Debate on Devolution in Britain: The Crick Centre on the BBC

As William Hague embarks on chairing a committee looking at ways to deliver local governance, Professor Matthew Flinders and the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics question its validity. Serious questions are raised over the timescales, and the ability to tackle issues that have beset British politics for centuries; is too much happening too quickly?

The Crick Centre was recently featured discussing these issues on the BBC’s Sunday Politics programme. You can watch the debate around this on BBC iPlayer (if you’re based in the UK), the topic commences at 44.25 with the Crick Centre entering at 46.21.

Professor Matthew Flinders, Director of the Crick Centre, told the BBC: “I hope William Hague had his oven gloves on because he was passed one big hot potato. What’s amazing is the ideas were never discussed in Cabinet, they were almost written on the back of a fag packet in a very particular moment around Scottish devolution.

“At the moment, we’re in danger of doing too much too quick because the timescale for William Hague’s commission, his Cabinet committee, is so short it’s incredible. How can he solve problems that have beset British politics for centuries? He’s got a matter of weeks.”