“Local government needs to have a bigger role in shaping the country’s future, with more power to make decisions and lead in local communities.”
Even in England, where the concept of top down, city county amalgamation first reared its ugly head in the 1950s, new constitutional arrangements in favour of more local government power are gaining traction.
“We have become used to a state of affairs in which roles and responsibilities are delegated from a distant and largely uninterested central government. This story has been in the making for a while – but now it is time to turn the tables and put local back at the heart of government.”
Local government matters, legitimate governance matters.