A Saturday thought
In America local government, in the form of the 50 states, is often referred to as the ‘laboratory of democracy’ where new ideas are tried out, local issues are addressed and where progress in local government leads where the federal Government follows.
I may be simplifying things a little but the States rarely wait for the federal centre to make a decision and then catch up.
In Britain local authorities show none of this innovation and rarely (there are some exceptions) even get close to being a ‘laboratory’. In fact some times I wonder whether local authorities would know what to do if the Government weren’t telling them what to do.
I know it is different in the US (California is nearly as big as Britain) but surely now is the time for local authorities to take a leaf out of America’s book and truly innovate. After all, it isn’t as if there aren’t enough issues that need tackling.
My fear is that if they don’t local authorities might just be left behind…The future of Local Govt comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.