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PROS AND CONS OF LONDON MAYOR

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A comment article in The Guardian (p14) says that proposals for a London mayor show Tony Blair's awareness of a dem...
A comment article in The Guardian (p14) says that proposals for a London mayor show Tony Blair's awareness of a democratic defecit and a desire that big new political jobs might excite new political leaders and thus resuscitate people's faith in politics.

But Hugo Young also writes: 'Local democracy is not yet required to revive too vigorously. The local Labour machines may be old and corrupt, but the central machine is new and cannot be impeded. The party, while wishing to galvanise local politics, wishes to maintain absolute control over the parameters of local choice.'

He says: 'The control-freakery in Blairism is hanging on but there is a genuine reformer alongside, who has voluntarily unleashed forces he cannot expect always to master.'
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