On this, my last day as a serving MEP for the SW, I would like to say farewell with 2 final points.
Firstly, the sham consultation process over local government reorganisation has now closed and we are to await the careful decision of Hazel Blears as to what form of local government is to be accepted – as though the decision was really all ours !
Some of the councils have let the cat out of the bag by saying that they did not seek reorganisation, but it was imposed on them by central government. Why was that the case ?
As I have written many times before, this imperative was due to the commitment made by governments, Tory and New Labour, under the terms of the Maastricht and Nice Treaties, to deliver a system of elected regional government to suit the EU system of regional government. The EU governs through the regions as it’s full name indicates – The European Union of the Cities and Regions, and Westminster is gradually relinquishing its power and responsibility in parallel with this process.
The original plan had been to develop elected regional assemblies to meet that commitment, but John Prescott « pooped » on that one, and now Hazel Blears has been passed the poisoned chalice. Ben Bradshaw has been made the SW Regional Minister and in due course, we will have a system of elected unitary authorities which will deemed to be the de facto regional governments – fait accompli !! I can see nothing to stop this happening, but it is important that people understand why it is happening and remember that at the EU elections next June. Voting for UKIP will demonstrate that these un-necessary and hugely expensive impositions are a disgrace.
Secondly, may I thank all those who have supported my and UKIP’s efforts to keep the electorate informed as to the truths behind the EU, and wish my successor, Trevor Colman, every success as he takes over the baton.
Graham Booth MEP