Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Unitary authorities - its not about saving money ....

So a number of Authorities have been merged into unitary authorities, it appears in the teeth of local opposition. The British obsession with reorganisation is being satisfied and Gaius Petronius spins in his grave again ( unless that quote was a fabrication also).

Only hold on a minute. Whilst its claimed money and posts will be saved, we all instinctively know this won't happen. ( Yes there will be reports saying it has - but we're wise to that now. Remeber Labour says its cut back the civil service after Brown's me-too promise from the 2005 election, and we know he was telling porkies then ).

So what's the real agenda ? Could it be that a layer has to be knocked out of government to allow regional assemblies in England to be created it its place ?


Anonymous said...

The conservatives never really opposed unitaries or regional assemblies for that matter. the opposition was the public. new labour have managed half the agenda to abolish England. Cameron will do the rest.

Wyrdtimes said...

Anon is correct. This is part of the continuing program to abolish England.

What will the Tories do for England?

Man in a Shed said...

@Wrdtimes - the short answer is little for English identity in the short term, though I think its an argument that is building support.

But "for England" the economic extinction event Labour are running may be prevented, and the state rolled back. With out those two items we will be back to the 70's and queuing to join the third world.

Anonymous said...

Forgive me if I am wrong but I thought I clearly heard that 9 unitary regions have been set up to replace 44 local and district councils on the BBC radio 4 programme this morning

Man in a Shed said...

@Anon - you could be right. I wasn't listening to R4 closely this morning.

I think the largest authorities created are County sized, rather than what are currently referred to as regions.

I saw that Cornwall was one, which will I would have thought create very real problems in that area.