BBC Political editor Peter Henley recently published an article discussing the current status of the Devolution bid for Hampshire and the Isle of Wright.
It all seemed to be going so well. Hampshire and Isle of Wight’s bid for devolution was seen as a southern front-runner. An economy close to the scale of Wales bidding for control of its own destiny.
But now several of the Conservative-led district councils are backing away from agreeing to vote-losing concreting over southern green fields.
Far from one streamlined new administration, it’s looking increasingly like devolution may end in tears – or the same old tiers – of local government.