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 Post subject: One-dimensional thinking
PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:12 pm 
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Mary Ann Sieghard complains in the Independent complains about Westminster City Council plans to abolish free parking on Sundays, evenings and bank holidays, remarking about the absence of democracy and accountability in the system, likening the situation to Greece.

She is right to complain, of course, but like Simon Jenkins and Philip Johnston who have dealt with aspects of this issue, her thinking is alarmingly one-dimensional. This really isn't just about parking, but about the whole range of council charging, to which Booker drew attention and I have explored.

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 Post subject: Re: One-dimensional thinking
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Perhaps that is where Referism (sp?) should start? With the local councils and other "regional bodies".

How do you eat an elephant? One slice at a time.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:42 pm 
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onoropu wrote:
Perhaps that is where Referism (sp?) should start? With the local councils and other "regional bodies".

How do you eat an elephant? One slice at a time.


I agree ... it would be a good idea here to have independent councillors standing on a "referism" ticket. We do not actually need a change in law for councils to commit to referendums on council tax levels. It would be a start - but only a start - to have referendums every time a council tax increase was proposed.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:37 am 
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If the photograph is to be believed at least they clean their gully pots out. The same cannot be said around here where over 50% of them are full to the top with soil, leaves and rubbish and haven't seen a gully machine for years!

All the very best for the New Year Richard.


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