Thursday, February 11, 2010
Is John Denham Mugabe in Disguise?
So on top of falling out with his Permanent Secretary over the reorganisation of local government in Norfolk and Devon, DCLG Secretary of State John Denham has now decided to cancel elections! This May, the normal one third of council seats is up for election on Norwich City Council. but the new Norwich Unitary Authority won't be in place until Spring 2011. So Denham, in his role as dictator-in-chief has decided that elections to the existing City Council will be cancelled. Just like that. Now far be it for me to speculate that Labour would do badly in these elections and lose control of the Council, possibly to the Greens.
What's even more incredible is that the Green Party PPC for Norwich South and former leader of the Opposition on Norwich City Council, Adrian Ramsay, has barely raised a whimper. Perhaps he is relieved that he won't have to actually take responsibility for his party's crackpot ideas.
John Denham, I thought was a different kind of Labour politician. He resigned from the government out of principle over the Iraq war. And yet he thinks that cancelling elections and going against the wishes of the majority of the people of Norfolk for party political advantage is OK.
He is about to find out that it is not.
Note: The above extract is from a letter from DCLG civil servant Paul Rowsell to all the chief executives of Norfolk councils.