Sunday, 1 February 2009

The Local View

I attended a meeting of the Bradford and District Senior Citizens Forum on Friday evening and the topic for discussion was council tax and the prospective parliamentary candidates for the Chippenham constituency outlined their respective policies.
When asked if they thought that under an English Parliament Wiltshire would get a fairer share of the central government funding pot there were some interesting, if on occasion predictable, responses.
David McQueen, Green Party Press Officer, standing in for Mark Fletcher, stated that He supported the idea but was in favour of the Swiss model. He felt there should be more power to the regions but the decision will be made by the people of England.
Duncan Hames, Liberal Democrat, admitted that an English Parliament was a big issue. He could see the attraction of the proposal but tended to follow the party line on regions.
Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, Conservative, didn't think that it would matter as Wiltshire will always suffer.
Jason Hughes, North Wiltshire Labour candidate, standing in for Nicholas Thomas-Symonds, asked in a derogatory tone, where do you draw the line, Scotland, Northern England? I drew his attention to the fact that the Labour Government had already drawn the lines with the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The lesson to be drawn from this interchange is don't vote Tory, Labour or Lib Dem.

A vote for the Tories, Labour or the Lib Dems is a wasted vote for England.

Don't waste your vote.