I HAVE to say that it was good to see Labour’s Chris Baron featured in the Dispatch preceded with the word ‘Councillor’.
You can love him or loathe him, but you can’t ignore him. Good to see you back.
Of course, Coun Baron was right in what he said in last week’s Dispatch (‘Hucknall ‘Must Not Be Swallowed By City’’).
We don’t want to be part of the city for the reasons he gave.
For Parliamentary purposes, we have been in Sherwood, Ashfield and Nottingham North in my life-time. Going back further, you will see in the excellent historical page currently being produced in the Dispatch (The Dispatch Years), that we were in Rushcliffe.
I think for Parliamentary purposes, where we are is not an issue.
The question is simply: will the democratic mandate be strengthened and given to the people? I think not.
Cameron and Clegg have demonstrated what a cynical pair they are.
The Tory agenda of wanting to reduce the number of constituencies has nothing to do with democracy. It is simply to have an in-built Tory majority. Democracy will be dealt a savage blow.
Finally, I am sick of the coalition government using the last Labour Government as a ‘get out’ clause.
We know what Labour did and we know why they did it. If you want to know what the Tories are like, read ‘Politics and the Pound’ by Philip Stephens.
This book gives an insight into the 1980s and 1990s when the Tories lurched from one recession to another, all without assistance from anyone other than their ideology.
MR C. SHORT,