You've said in the past that you're not in favour of regional development
agencies. They do a lot of the hard work for the Government at the moment
out there, helping small businesses. Have you changed your mind on your
views on them?
No. What we think is that in areas like the south east where actually local
authorities would like to come together and take over the role of regional
development agencies, I think they could probably do it better. I think
actually if Kent and Sussex wanted to work together, if the Thames Valley
authorities wanted to work together. I don't believe that this
regionalisation of Britain is the right way to go. We could save some money
and give it back to people in tax reductions if we got rid of the regional
assemblies and so much of the regional bureaucracy there is. That's what I'd
like to do.
And the interview ends with this amusing little exchange..
And tomorrow, of course, Valentine's Day. How will you and Mrs Cameron be
spending Valentine's Day?
I was a bit late to book the restaurant, so we're going out to dinner but
it's going to be a bit late and Mrs Cameron is not best pleased that I left
it so late but at least I've got a table, so that's a good start.
And I have been spending Valentine's Night at the BBC (BBC News Channel paper review at 11.20pm). The dog house awaits.