I've just been recommended the book, The Rotten State of Britain: Who Is Causing the Crisis and How to Solve It, and whilst browsing through the reviews on Amazon came across this write up: The reviewer makes interesting comparisons to Germany's federated system with the argument that some form of devolution to local/regional government increases accountability and efficiency. My question to those who have experience of living in Germany (as a civilian resident and not just based there), is it really that much better? How do their schools and hospitals compare to ours? Not thinking of emigrating or anything like that, just interested to know if we should be looking elsewhere for ideas. Cheers in advance!