Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Fortieth anniversary

As the Labour History Group points out, today is the fortieth anniversary of the disastrous reorganisation of local government in 1974:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_Government_Act_1972

Do not underestimate the loyalty that people feel towards their county - even if they have recently moved into an area.

As a Unionist I regard Scottish and Welsh nationalism as deplorable (Irish nationalism in Northern Ireland is equally despicable, but for different reasons, and different solutions need to apply).

The easiest way to remove the electoral threat posed by the SNP and Plaid Cymru is to use the power of devolution against them.  Devolve new powers down to county level (perhaps like the canton system in Switzerland).  The emotional loyalty people feel to their county will counteract the tinny nationalist prancing that goes on in Edinburgh and Cardiff.

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