George Thorley

  • Scottish devolution: Time to re-boot

    09 February 2024

    It’s time for an informed debate in Scotland on the next stage of the devolution journey, says George Thorley.

  • Scots Gov should not mark own report card

    08 January 2024

    The Scottish Parliament should appoint an independent external organisation to validate the National Performance Framework and regain faith in the system of assessment. George Thorley explains.

  • Scotland’s police must account locally

    05 June 2023

    Details of the Strategic Partnership Agreement for Policing recently signed with COSLA are still to be finalised and George Thorley says now is the time to apply lessons from the Casey review of the Met.

  • Making devo work in Scotland

    04 April 2023

    With the arrival of a new First Minister, George Thorley wonders if now is the time for a new form of devolved Government in Scotland that delegates power to local authorities and their communities.

  • Creating the new normal

    27 July 2021

    George Thorley looks at our nations’ challenges as they start to look beyond the pandemic. He argues for the strengthening of the role of local government as a key component of the new normal.

  • What have councils ever done for us?

    06 November 2019

    George Thorley sets the changing structures and responsibilities of local government in both Scotland and England in a historical context – and says councils are best placed to solve national problems.