More Local Government

The frame of reference in which these discussions take place has been successfully situated so that most people recoil from any suggestion of more government. More bueraucracy, more tax and more passengers on the gravy train are stock reponses. However, more representation by people with whom we can communicate in a meaningful way maybe doesn't sound so bad. People who are not party hacks, professional politicians, experts in the art of semantics or ideologues but have a genuine concern for and stake in the communities they represent who can exercise real influence. These are the people who could win the respect and loyalty of the people they represent and act as role models drawing more people into democratic processes.

It is the structures that public servants have to work in however, that subvert their good intentions. More representation at more levels in decision making processes would enable meaningful influence to be exercised which would serve to counter the nihilism that stems from the meaningless and tokenistic "consultation" that is so prevelant.

Other countries throughout the world enjoy much more representation in democratic processes than we do. Margaret Thatcher thought local government was a waste of time and successfully discredited it. Maybe she was wrong.

Why the contribution is important

Any meaningful idea of democracy must involve citizens in processes over which they have some influence. Voting for remote and unresponsive authorities does not provide this and discredits the whole concept of democracy.

by zencalvanist on November 24, 2015 at 06:03PM

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  • Posted by CitizenSmurf March 04, 2016 at 14:40

    Local government is key to addressing local issues. Solutions to tackle issues in the centre of Glasgow will not be relevant to someone in rural Perthshire. Certainly a theme might prevail but solutions need to be locally focussed.
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