Devolution at any level must be open
WHEN the question of devolving powers to the other nations of the union was first mooted, warnings were given as to its potential consequences – not just the issue of their MPs voting on issues only affecting England but the nature of devaluation itself.
The ‘Better Together’ campaign may have saved Scotland breaking away but by awarding seats with more powers it has the potential to split the union by default!
Once you start dividing powers to the regions and cities, where does it end? Rather than strengthening the Union it will weaken it, as each will demand more and more, weakening the centre.
Since devolution, the harmony that once existed between the nations has been rarely tested. There is less unity than there was. There can
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never be parities because the nations have very different economic needs. England will always be the powerhouse dividing the rest of the Union.
I have no issue with a federal style of government but, as a democrat, it has to be put to the people, many of whom will oppose such a move.
Most of us will agree on the need for local councils to be allowed control over local issues and for the central government to interfere less. It is unfair when local residents oppose a scheme and for it to go ahead over the heads of local people.
Councils need to take greater notice of local feelings. All too often we feel ignored that decisions are taken to the detriment of those living and working in the districts.
Before we empower the regions we need to start closer to home. Councils need to use social media as well as other forms of communication to engage public opinion, especially among the youth.
Local politics can seem boring but decisions taken at the local level affects us all. Not all of us have time to debate at council meetings or have the inclination to stand for elections, but we have a voice and should be encouraged to use it in expressing an opinion.
If steps are not taken, the disconnect between the public and politicians at all levels will only widen, threatening our very democracy. Councillors and member of various assemblies and parliament will be returned on ever decreasing majorities, making them even more unrepresentative of those they claim to serve.
PETER THOMPSON Tilehouse Way