AK Haart writes of the ideal many have of local government supplanting this federalist model where interference comes from above:
Much stronger local government presumably. Local government where the basic political unit is local enough to tackle local complexities, to find out what works and what doesn’t, small enough to reject a thousand vain political fantasies.
Lovely ideal but we’ve seen how it works in practice. For a start, look at any corrupt council or rotten borough up and down the nation. And on every mayor’s floor is a Common Purpose “advisor”.
Some years back, there was a plan for Citizen’s Juries and again, who were the chairmen of those meetings? Office of the DPM or in other words, Common Purpose.
The bstds have their claws into everything – Arts Councils, RDAs, anything with some form of power attached to it.