No regional assemblies..
Referendums on regional assemblies have been ruled out in the near future by the deputy prime minister.
John Prescott told MPs last week's "no" vote in the North East meant plans to allow the assemblies would not go before Parliament this session.
Well that is alright then - except we will be expected to vote again and again until we vote the right way.
So why are we spending £4 Million a year on the South West Regional Assembly? Which seems to just be a jobsworth talking shop - sorry that is it: "exists to promote the economic, social and environmental well-being of all who live and work in the region. It reviews and develops wide ranging strategies at the regional level to provide an over-arching vision for the South West. It works to provide a voice for the region and aims to develop the capacity for further action at the regional level." Yep - bollocks.
Of course the real problem is not that we spend £4 million a year on a fancy care in the community project which keeps some wasters off the streets, but that the civil servants employed are bright and industrious people. So they write reports, and ask questions and create rules - and the £4 million we waste on them is multiplied many times by the work they create to keep themselves in jobs, so they drain 16 - 20 - 40 who knows how many millions from us. If only they would just draw their salary and not do anything, that would be a relief.