You’ll be for it

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

The only way we are not go­ing to get lum­bered with a de­vo­lu­tion deal that will see us once more play­ing sec­ond fid­dle to snooty Cam­bridge, is if the Govern­ment pulls the plug. The laugh­able “pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion’’ has, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cils push­ing this un­nec- es­sary tier of govern­ment, it has been backed by a ma­jor­ity of the Cam­bridgeshire pub­lic. But even if you ac­cept the claims of ac­cu­racy by the poll­sters – and they never get gen­eral elec­tions wrong do they? – the coun­cils’ own fig­ures give a lie to that con­clu­sion. The part of the poll in which peo­ple were not di­rectly con­tacted gave these re­sults. Sup­port for the prin­ci­ple of de­vo­lu­tion – 55% for, 37% op­posed Should pow­ers be de­volved from Govern­ment to district, city and county coun­cils as part of a com­bined au­thor­ity –44% for, 47% op­posed Sup­port for a mayor as part of a com­bined au­thor­ity to ac­cess the ben­e­fits of the pro­posed deal – 31% for, 59% op­posed. Only the an­swer to the first ques­tion backs de­vo­lu­tion but its so broad as to be mean­ing­less. It’s like my boss ask­ing me if I sup­port the prin­ci­ple of dou­bling my wages... with­out men­tion­ing that he in­tends to triple my work­load.

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