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SKEPTICISM OVER PLANS FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES

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The government's plan to gradually convert the regional development agencies into directly elected bodies in about ...
The government's plan to gradually convert the regional development agencies into directly elected bodies in about 10 or 12 years, is regarded with suspicion by the associate editor of The Spectator Sion Simon.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph (p20), he says: 'In reality, they are unlikely to develop beyond their current form. When a politician tells you he plans to do something in 12 years' time, you can safely take it as a polite expression of lack of interest.'

But on the issue of elected mayors, he says: 'The new governmental landscape will be completed by the profusion of executive mayors that will sweep the country after London agrees in the referendum. Liverpool, Manchester and the chamberlains' Birmingham will not stand long to be without what their London cousins have got.

'And if the London mayorality is the success it could be under the right person, there is not much reason why they should,' he concludes.
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