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'NO TEARS' FOR END OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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A former parish councillor and party election agent says doing away with the whole structure of local government wo...
A former parish councillor and party election agent says doing away with the whole structure of local government would 'cause not one tear to be shed except by those who enjoy exercising power over their local communities'.

In a letter to The Times (p23), Robert Jones, from the Isle of Wight, says: 'In general the legacy of local government in this century is not impressive.

'Too often the record is one of shortsightedness, a degree of corruption and seemingly blind indifference to the feelings and needs of local people.'

He says it has become increasingly difficult to find candidates and to persuade people to turn out to vote for them. 'At the level of principle council, first the poll tax and now the council tax have alienated many voters, who regard local authorities as oppressive, irresponsible handlers of public money.
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