... 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:
- this one relates to the "one year on" event that I attended last month ... do check out the three short videos
- this one relates to the (English) White Paper, mentioned above, that was released today ... do check out the 'notes to editors'
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 :-(