Magazine article The Spectator

Councils Are Accountable

Magazine article The Spectator

Councils Are Accountable

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Sir: Rod Liddle often entertains us, but his tirade against local government (Liddle Britain, 26 July) was an undoubted masterpiece of missing the point. He is quite entitled to dislike the decisions taken by local councils across the country -- and can do something about it. Because what does set Liddle's local councillors apart is that he is free to vote them out if he doesn't like what they do. The alternative -- unless he would prefer not to have his bin emptied, his street cleaned, his elderly relatives cared for at all -- is the faceless Whitehall 'delivery chain' of quangos and regulators; and look at its track record of achievement. We are rather surprised that someone as vocal as Mr Liddle appears not to want to have a voice.

We prefer democracy any day.

Sir Simon Milton Chairman, Local Government Association London SW1 Sir: Good on Rod Liddle for saying the words that politicians dare not speak: 'All local government should be abolished'. …

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