Yesterday, David Cameron, made a speech that will strike a chord with many people.
When speaking about local Government he said:
"We are going to empower local councils by cutting right back on all the interference and instructions from central government - the rules and restrictions, the targets and inspections.
We're going to get rid of pointless and unaccountable regional government and bureaucracy, and we'll end the central ring-fencing of local budgets.
We're going to replace bureaucratic accountability with democratic accountability: instead of central government targets and controls to make sure councils spend money wisely...
...we'll simply require councils to publish online details of all their spending over £25,000, and to get approval for any excessive tax increases in a local referendum.
Newly empowered councils will be able to keep the proceeds of any activities that boost local economic growth...
...and through a new 'general power of competence' will be able to do literally whatever they like as long as it's legal - creating solutions to local problems without getting permission from the centre.
This sweeping new power for local government will make it far more responsive to local concerns..."
Of course the Conservative leader said a great deal more and you can read this in his speech here. However, I'm sure every one of us will welcome this committment on the part of a Conservative party in power, to introduce such political change after a decade of an Orwellian interference in our lives; an unaccountable central Government bureacracy which has effectively suffocated the ability of local democracy to work in the interests of local people.