Select Committee on Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Written Evidence

Memorandum from Veronica Newman (RG 02)

  It is my belief that Regional Assemblies and RDAs should be scrapped and power over the areas that they have filtched returned to our county councils.

  The regionalisation of the police force, ambulance service and fire brigades should remain at county level.

  All the hype about Regional Assemblies bringing power closer to the people is absolute rubbish as we have lost control of planning etc to these bodies and they ignore the wishes of the local population and impose the Deputy Leaders dictates on counties whether they are approved by these councils or not.

  Democracy no longer exists in the UK. England is totally disadvantaged within the system as it exists today.

  Instead of magnanimously allowing England its own parliament, as enjoyed by Scotland, all rights have been removed from the populace of England without so much as a by your leave. Instead Mr Prescott is surreptitiously dividing England regions.

  I don't expect the opinions of one ordinary person will be taken into account with all the high and mighty members of this committee but its worth a try.

  So much hot air is expressed about the lack of interest in politics today but surely this can be no surprise when the wishes of ordinary people are totally ignored and the general electorate generally seen as mindless idiots.

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