You’ll be for it
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.