101108 Local Democracy

Letter to Surrey Advertiser

Sir

Keith Childs (Surrey Ad 5th November 2010) advocated – and I paraphrase here since it was Bonfire Night – putting a few barrels of gunpowder under Surrey County Council and blowing its organisation into many bits which would land neatly in the bailiwicks of the existing Borough Councils.  I am an advocate of unitary government at a more local level but I do not think that it can work within each Borough boundary.

What we need is proper accountability and responsibility.  We need councillors whose values set the entirety of the local community in much greater regard than their own.  We need creators not destroyers.

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