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Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Same old same old Central Statist

Brown's statement yesterday did nothing but confirm his complete intellectual divorce from the true reasons for Britain's democratic malaise. Here is a man still utterly committed to central State control, still completely dedicated to Whitehall's diktat over the minutiae of every individual's life.

The minor changes to the Royal prerogative are piffling. The idea that weekend voting will 'reconnect' the British people with politics is risible. His refusal to address the anger of English voters over the Scottish democratic anomaly is blind foolishness.

Cameron's response - “The country is too centralised, Parliament is too weak, ministers don’t get straight answers and people feel shut out of decision-making.” - has the nub of it. He might have added that one of the reasons why 16m voters choose not to vote in general elections is that they are sick of the central power of the three main parties.

Brown's purblind Presbyterian puritanism, his refusal to cede power to local institutions, his obsession with State control and his bankrupt ideological agenda make him a dangerous enemy to our democratic health and our national well-being. Treat him as such.

1 comment:

Ed said...

His Royal Prerogative ideas, while sensible, would have made absolutely no difference in the Blair years. The sheep-like tendency of Labour MPs and the intellectual poverty on the parliamentary benches (in general, there are some exceptions) means that whatever the government proposes usually happens.

Indeed Blair actually did have a vote in Iraq - and won. As DC pointed out, it's broken promises and stifling top-down government that people are fed up with.