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Good to see Elected Mayors widely rejected

May 5, 2012

My reasoning for opposing Elected Mayors during the week was specific to Northern Ireland, but nevertheless I was pleased to see them largely rejected in England.

The whole campaign smacks, as too often, of politicians trying to solve problems which none of the voters actually believes to exist. No one could explain how an elected mayor would help pay the mortgage, help secure the nursery place, or help fund the MS drug a family member desperately needs. Because, of course, it wouldn’t.

Such reforms were part of the Conservatives’ attempts to look modern. They have actually merely contributed to the Conservatives looking detached. This was why I was so staggered to hear Dawn Purvis was on against me on the subject!

Let’s get on to the real issues.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 30, 2012 9:24 am

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  2. August 27, 2012 7:59 am

    It’s a mystery to me why elected mayors are pitched as a way of improving local democracy – surely concentrating powers previously held by a council in the hands of one person is the opposite?

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