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Look at this post on Lib Dem Voice. Look at it. It makes me want to weep.

Loook! Look at all the lovely lovely power we get! And it only comes with the TINY strings of a total lack of democratic accountability - the mayor that Manchester didn't want, and voted against, will be elected, but it's OK because (s)he'll be totally hamstrung by the appointed committee (s)he's serving on!

It's not another tier of government! The combined authority you were paying for anyway is just being dragged into the light, rather than being abolished and turned into an elected assembly as actual democrats might be expected to want.


No mention that the billion pounds of spending will actually involve cuts, of course, because it's less than would have been spent on those areas anyway by central government.

If the Stockport Lib Dems are this easy to buy off with mention of a few baubles of power then frankly, we deserve all the "would sell their grannies for a sniff of power" crap that the media and the other parties have been throwing at us for the past four and a half years.

Grargh. Really angry now.

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 01:19 pm (UTC)
hollymath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hollymath
Moving to Yorkshire sounds like a better idea all the time.

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 01:36 pm (UTC)
hollymath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hollymath
Ha!

Not mine, though, as this is bound to be yet another election I can't vote in.

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 02:29 pm (UTC)
hollymath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hollymath
I know you would. <3

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 01:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sir_guinglain
For all the worries about the limited supply of electable, competent people I've read, the idea of electing autocrats by plebiscite without a similarly elected assembly is appalling, unpluralist and I don't know why the Liberal Democrats would support this version of devolution.

At least Lynne Fetherstone is back at the Home Office.

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nickbarlow
I'm not necessarily opposed to the idea of city-regions existing alongside regions when the single cities would dominate any region around them - thus London and SE are separate, and the same would apply to Manchester and the NW, and Birmingham and the Midlands - but I don't think it would work for every city. The problem I have with the Manchester proposal is that it's such a political stitch-up we should be screaming from the rooftops about what a mess it is, not cheering it on. I do think some of this is being rushed through by Osborne et al now to try and scupper any Constitutional Convention if Labour win the election - no better way to do that than by ensuring lots of people come to the table with a list of earlier promises that have to be kept.

(Oh, and the picture of Osborne and the leaders here is a very good example of why it's a bad idea - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-29876939 Clearly, the future of Manchester is more middle-aged white men in suits deciding everything for everyone. Seriously, did no one look at the lineup and think 'hold on, what are we saying here?')

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