Linford is reporting that the unelected North-East Assembly is set to be
scrapped and its powers returned to local authorities. I am assuming that if
true this will also sound the death-knell for other similar bodies across England.
The rationale appears to be that Gordon Brown is putting new forms of regional
accountability in place through the new regional ministers, proposed regional
“Question Times” and regional select committees.
The assemblies, which were set up by John Prescott and Dick Caborn as
forerunners for what they hoped would be democratically elected regional
bodies, will die a very unlamented death.
Whilst I welcome the day when these abominations of
authorities are done away with, a layer of government we can all do without
both for the politic and the waste of money, the Regional Assemblies are
and always have been expendable.
They have been part of the 10year NuLab smoke and mirrors pre-Europe give-away,
more of the trickery and deceit that we have seen so blatantly coming out of Brussels.
Brown will go through a whole series of policy changes that appear to be giving
either parliament more powers, or localisation.
We have already seen the Royal Prerogative give-away, but it is important to
remember that most of the powers he gave to parliament, so that they can
vote on the treaty to avoid a referendum, will be taken away again by Brussels.
It was necessary to make the break with the Crown for these
powers in order for Brussels to
assume them. By giving them to Parliament, they are no longer Royal powers but
parliamentary ones and therefore transferable.
In the regions, the powers currently held by the Regional Authorities will be
split. Some will go back to the local authorities, but the majority will end up
with the RDA's – Regional Development Agencies (European Embassies). This will ensure that the RDA’s
who are controlled from Brussels will
become the de facto authorities in each
region. (unelected of course).
Gordon Browns regional ministers will therefore end up as
ministers are now, little more than reporting functionaries in the House of
Commons, but having little power as euro diktats will overrule anything coming
out of Westminster.
Just like the trickery, lies and deceit over the Constitution, its all smoke and mirrors. Remember Gordon Brown has been told to lie to the people of Britain by the EU.
The Empires tentacles will
reach us all unless we stop it.
demand honesty from now on, we demand a referendum on the European
Sign the No.10 Petition
for a referendum now.
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