Conservative moves to reduce local government to an implementing agency for central government are undermining local initiative and local community. Liberals passionately believe in local democracy, as the necessary foundation for an open and fair society. Can we stick that on a leaflet and push it through doors this spring?
Author: William Wallace
William Wallace, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, is an academic, writer and Liberal Democrat peer. He has been active in Liberal politics since 1960, fought Huddersfield in 1970 and Shipley in 1983 and 1987, and drafted the manifesto in 1979 and 1997. He was a Lords minister during the coalition, now Cabinet Office spokesperson. He has two adult children and two grandchildren, and enjoys swimming, singing, walking in the Yorkshire Dales, and gardening.
Serious people on all sides of politics now worry about the way Boris Johnson is undermining the British constitution. Decisions have been centralised in No. 10 Downing Street, with a team of unelected advisers under Dominic Cummings pushing the Cabinet to one side. They expect the Commons to do what they tell it, relying on obedience from […]