With every passing day we witness a climb down/u-turn/’listening exercise’ from this shambolic coalition. The latest would appear to be a decision to ditch the ridiculous part of the Localism Bill which threatened to force ‘shadow Mayors’ on 12 major cities without even doing the courtesy of consulting the voters about whether or not they wanted one.
I consider the whole notion of ‘elected mayors’ to be just one of those anti-democratic measures which Blair tried to foist on people, and which Cameron was hoping to force through by creating Mayors and then asking the electorate later if they wanted to keep them.
The Cabinet system of local government concentrated power in small cliques of councillors, the subsequent amendments which effectively allowed Leaders to pick their own tame councillors for Cabinet members made it worse, and substituting the whole shebang in the hands of a single individual is even worse still.
The u-turn is to be welcomed, and now democrats should unite in opposing the mayoral system when the referendums come round.