Wednesday, 4 August 2010

So what power have the Conservatives devolved this week?

It's been a gallop since May with encouraging rhetoric a-plenty from Dave, but we're now into August and I've been racking my brains to think of a single instance of the government actually devolving power to a lower tier.

Now is about the time into a new government that all those new Conservative ministers in Whitehall go native, and suddenly realise the attraction of holding central State power rather than giving it away.

Perhaps the answer's in all those Bills that will appear in the Autumn, but I'm not holding my breath.


Weekend Yachtsman said...

A better and more answerable question would be "what powers has Cameron surrendered to the EU this week".

There's almost always something.

Foreign police operating in Britain?

Handing over the City to a foreign regulator who hates it?

Or was that last week? I get so mixed up.

English Pensioner said...

It's no good powers being "devolved", they have to be given for once ad for all. Devolvement invariably means that nothing changes, there will still be Civil Servants "keeping an eye" on what's happening, and after a while, when nobody notices, they start to take the powers back again.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

EP you are correct. We have seen it so often in half-hearted education reforms: the bureaucrats stay in post, they start to "help", then they control, since they're usually left with the purse-strings. After a short while, normal business is resumed and everyone gives up again.

We need to CLOSE the quangoes and the damaging departments, GET RID OF their staff, permanently, even if it costs, and probably sow the ground where they stood with salt, and then maybe we might achieve something.