What is really depressing is that we now see the districts and counties bickering among themselves about who is 'best' and spending large amounts of time and public money on promoting themselves and denigrating their opposite numbers, because, quite justifiably, they fear that whoever loses this battle will also lose their jobs.
It is time for all the district and county councils to stand up to the Government and say that reorganisation is neither necessary nor desirable. The savings envisaged are nothing compared to the costs that will be incurred.
The Government's aim is not to democratise local government but to destroy it, as it has tried to do to all its other potential opponents. Meanwhile it can sit back, watch the districts and counties slugging it out, and reflect on the truth of the maxim 'divide and rule'.
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