Com­mon sense is or­der of the day

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE -

SIR, – An aca­demic pa­per by Sh­effield Uni­ver­sity has sug­gested that the num­ber of Scot­tish lo­cal au­thor­i­ties should be re­duced from 32 to 17 – to save money and in­crease ef­fi­ciency.

Just why Sh­effield has an in­ter­est in Scot­tish lo­cal gov­ern­ment is far from clear, but the uni­ver­sity goes on to re­peat blun­ders of the past in its pa­per by say­ing noth­ing about a rem­edy for the con­tempt Holy­rood has shown for coun­cils.

They have ig­nored what hap­pened when Labour con­trolled the mas­sive Strath­clyde Coun­cil and how its rep­re­sen­ta­tives were heavy-handed at Cosla when rul­ing the roost, in­stead sug­gest­ing some­thing very sim­i­lar with a Greater Glas­gow.

Per­haps a weight­ing ad­just­ment in coun­cil Cosla rep­re­sen­ta­tion

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