Today we have heard the news I have feared. The govt’s plans for devolution have been approved by all parties in local government and the unelected LEP’s.
What this means is a Mayor for the West Midlands will be forced upon the residents with no one asking our views. When in fact Brummies were asked they rejected the Mayor idea overwhelming.
It is a sad day when politicians of all colours are so desperate for a bit of cash they forgo their democratic ideals to have this forced on his. Remember this Government promoted localism and no one has asked us, the residents of the West Mids if we agree.
Some will point out the benefits but most of these could be given to the councils anyway. Plus if the government believes in real devolution then why not have a West Midlands County Council again and reduce the councils to the level of town councils ?
I have no problem with regional government at all but that needs proper full devolution from Westminster to the level of the Scottish and Welsh parliaments (remember the West Midlands and wider into Staffordshire etc) in terms of population is the same as Wales. What is the govt scare of, losing power ??
That means people vote for people to lead us. I wonder how many of the council leaders fancy being the Mayor eh ?
So no for the residents of Pheasey we have an extra layer of government we did not vote for, that is not democracy.