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BBC NEWS | Politics | Prescott rules out regional polls

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.

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In Mondays Telegraph Sir Jeremy Beecham (Leader, Labour Group, Local Government Association, London, SW1) said;

"The suggestion that the proposed [North East Regional]assembly was a "bureaucratic solution" is .... wide of the mark. We have, and now will continue for some time to have, regional government conducted in piecemeal fashion by civil servants, quangos and next-steps agencies appointed by and responsible to ministers, with minimal accountability to the regions they serve. In voting against what they and [the Telegraph] perceive as bureaucracy, the people of the North East have in fact entrenched it."

I'm not sure whether he is endorsing regional government or not. Bizarrely he seems to be blaming the voters for unwittingly voting in favour of bureaucracy because the defeat of the referendum leaves unelected a tier of government which the people never asked for, which has been slipped pretty unnoticed past them over the last few years, and which you can be pretty damn sure they don't want at all. You bet it was 'piecemeal. You bet it will continue for some time.

I've said it before but I'll say it again. Bastards

>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.

Notice how vague all of this is? There's no mention of anything specific that it does. This is the usual sort of method employed these days for being unaccountable.

A NO 10 press release today confirms our fears.
They will keep the assemblies as un-elected bodies and strengthen them. This war.

A NO 10 press release today confirms our fears.
They will keep the assemblies as un-elected bodies and strengthen them. This is war.

>A NO 10 press release today confirms our fears.

Is there a link for this?

United Ireland

United Wales

United Scotland

Divide England

Have no sympathy for the English. They voted Labour

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