The Report, Regional Government and Democratic Renewal' by Lynne Humphrey and John Tomaney, says the rot in our political system runs too deep for people to be interested in the promised devolution of power, if the devolution is simply to another group of professional politicians.
'Regional government holds out the possibility of a new approach to governance, but any proposals must contain strong and imaginative mechanisms for giving citizens and civic groups an influence in the work of assemblies that goes beyond 'consultation'.' (Co-author Professor John Tomaney of Newcastle University's Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies said)
'England has a rich network of civic organisations - from residents associations and environmental groups to trade unions. The proposed new regional assemblies should work with them to form the basis of a new form of participatory democracy, strengthening the Assembly's parliamentary forms' (Hilary Wainwright, Editor of Red Pepper, co-founder of the Centre for Democratic Policy-making)
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