We see it on a
daily basis printed in news stories, we hear politicians speaking on TV of how
NuLab is bringing ‘democracy’ to the people.
If its anything
like democracy in Europe that means unelected officials
dictating the rules and spending your tax money.
A report from Economic
and Social Research Council (ESRC) highlights how NuLab soviet style democracy
at the local level is now in the hands of unelected quango’s and is
responsible for the majority of local authority spending.
in-depth research into the state of local democracy in two contrasting northern
towns, Burnley and Harrogate, carried out by Doctor Wilks-Heeg and a colleague,
revealed that over 30 different organisations, many of them ‘quangos’ with no
elected community representatives, have some role in governing the two towns.
“Overall, the elected local authorities control 53 per cent of public spending
in Harrogate and, in Burnley, only 40 per cent. However, when it comes
to the district councils it’s even lower. Only five per cent of public spending
is controlled by each of these two councils, yet we found that the public and
media concentrate on ‘the council’, while paying little attention to the much
higher spending services.”
organisations that in the past have been excluded from the process are now
being invited to participate in decision-making about their own communities,
but a new booklet entitled ‘Localism
and local governance’, published today by the Economic and Social Research
Council (ESRC), questions whether it is really happening.
It was produced
following the fourth in a series of special seminars entitled ‘Engaging
Citizens’, organised by the ESRC in collaboration with the National Council for
Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).
Among a number
issues covered by the publication, it queries how open the new governance
mechanisms are for local involvement and examines voluntary and community
organisations’ readiness to respond, particularly in ‘hard-to-reach’ populations.
In addition, it points out that policymakers have added a number of governance
mechanisms and structures to encourage engagement – without stopping to
consider how they each relate to one another, or the complexity that this
presents to the public.
This is why your Council Tax
is always going up, this is why your Services are getting worse.
NuLab – Destroying Britain from the inside out.