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Ileave it to my colleagues on the newsdesk to assess the political promotions/demotions, but Astragal is rather baffled by the way in which 'joined-up government' is being pursued by the new administration.Transport has been successfully de-hitched from planning, and construction, and (as far as one can tell) from the regions. Why can't Whitehall make its mind up about integrated transport? Just when it looked as though the penny had dropped, and that politicians had accepted that regeneration, planning, construction and transport were inextricably linked, the whole basket is thrown up into the air. Perhaps this is the true legacy of that John Prescott punch. Meanwhile, much is expected of Tessa Jowell, replacement for Chris Smith (fatally wounded by Wembley and the Lottery bid fiascos). I wonder where she sits on the euro? No doubt this is a topic of conversation with her husband, a lawyer who Astragal understands has connections with Italy, having acted for President Berlusconi during his wilderness years.

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