Should decision be made by the many or the few? its a big question and one that I wont really attempt to answer. But while everyone is blogging about the prime minister occupying an isolated protectionist position on Europe desperate to try and make sure that bankers in the city can keep on banking, I read a facebook post about directly elected mayors and it got me thinking about local government in general.
We have city councils and they have cabinets now like central government where decisions that would at one time be debated in full council, and minutes then be made available to the public are now decided by a cabinet. I appreciate that our leaders have a mandate to lead and can see the value in terms of having fewer people who can be held to account on a variety of matters. However in the case of an elected mayor too much power would be held by just on person, this reduces the effectiveness of bringing up an issue with your local councillor who would be powerless to take it much further. I feel the change to mayors in cities is not progressive, we need to engage more people in local government, elected mayors I feel, will not achieve this. my final point is simpler: The Tories want it = It's probably bad.