Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Power shift to local people?

I see the Department for Communities and Local Government (down South) have published their long-awaited White Paper on empowering local communities today ...

... when you read the Press Release, its all decent stuff - hard to disagree with - but not a single mention of the one thing that would completely transform local government in England in one stroke? Electoral reform, of course.

Have a look at the contrasting facts contained within these two ERS Press Releases:

A "power shift to local people" ... well, you can make up your own mind?

... despite my deeply-held (political) concerns around the so-called "historic" single outcome agreements, I do know which part of the UK has given real power back to 'local people' - and its not England I'm afraid :-(

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