It was at a meeting at the European Parliament offices in London before Christmas that I heard that Local Authorities would be going the same way as the Dodo if young Miliband (Pitt the even younger) is set loose on them by Downing Street. It now appears that there is little point in thinking about next year’s local council elections, as they are likely to be called-off.
Tomorrow’s Kent on Sunday has the story and an ‘exclusive’ report on the subject but the evidence points to local democracy as we know it being quickly extinguished in the next twelve months. Alright, we moan about the sorry state of politics in Thanet but at least we have something to ‘winge’ about. In future our lives could well be controlled from a distance or more so than they are today.
Perhaps one of our local politicians will be promoted to the role of “Commissar”. It does sound much better than “Councillor” and I’m sure we’ll have a five year plan to follow from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister as well.
I’m reminded that the Peasant’s Revolt had its roots in Kent and funnily enough, the records show that a number of the instigators came from Thanet. This was of course a revolt against the imposition of a ‘Poll Tax’ and it was really the small landowners, the emerging middle class of the time, that rose up against the rapacious greed of the government of King Richard the second or more accurately, his Deputy Prime Minister, his uncle, John of Gaunt.
Perhaps it’s time for the people of Kent to march on London once again in protest against the poll tax, the potential loss of local democracy, energy prices, income tax and much much more.... You tell me.