Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Reform becomes the flavour of the month.

A new politics: We need a massive, radical redistribution of power

Adding his voice to the Guardian debate, the Conservative leader argues today that public fury at the MP's expenses scandal points to deep problems in the British political system, and calls for restoring local control in the spirit of glasnost.

Even as a conservative, I have my doubts about how much power any government ever gives away - but I agree 100% with his analysis of the problem.
But I don't underestimate how radical some of these changes could be, or how hard he will be pushed from within his own party.
For example, freeing schools from central control will benefit us all in the long run, but in the short term some schools will become even more of a sink. Similarly, when a Tory talks about personal responsibility, it means taking away benefits from people who won't look for work.Yes we are oppressed by petty bureaucracy, but that is partly our own fault, as we expect the state to solve all our problems.
I like Mr. Cameron's thinking but when he's ironed out the kinks of how these things will be done what we the people would like to see is a hand written letter from Mr Cameron signed and dated with all of his election manifesto promises.

At one o'clock there was Jack in the box Straw telling all on radio 4's World At One programme how he supports fixed term parliaments but what Jack Straw needs to recognise that we, the electorate, are all set to use our people power and boot out the current government. Including Jack Straw.
Just as Ken Livingstone ended his last days preaching to an ever wider audience; fewer and fewer of them were listening.
Does Jack Straw not realise it's too little and too late from the party who promised root and branch reform thirteen years ago and then sat on their hands - this is such an easy one for Cameron to defeat.
In the name of God, go.
Call an election you cowards.

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