I was dead busy yesterday, and despite everyone shouting at me for a view, I was seriously struggling to find the time to get abreast of the White Paper publication Local Growth: realising every place's potential (formerly known as The Sub-National Growth White Paper - I'm so very relieved they went for a snappier title).
Some 24 Local Enterprise Partnerships were announced, which is more than had been tipped, but it still left massive gaps across the country, particularly stark in some of the North East, the South West and East Anglia. Oh, and London of course.
Well I've yet to digest the White Paper fully (and I don't understand why it was solely a BIS publication and not joint with CLG, as was the press release). But I thought it set the right tone.
That's if you disregard the bit on page 18 which asserts that "the government is committed to an "orderly transition from the RDAs". One of my correspondents shrieked "this must be ironic!".
And certainly, news from the front is that what is going on out there could hardly be described as "orderly".