Where to start with Manchester?
The Tories seem to think their election result based on the approval of about 43 % of the voters gives them absolute power.
And that they can ride roughshod over the democratic and even clearly logical wishes of Britain’s third big city.
It is instructive to read a tweet from David Allen Green, a usually fairly subdued Constitutional Lawyer who writes for the FT:
This is just frightening.
The electorate is being ignored – we are now in an elective dictatorship in Quinten Hogg’s phrase.
I’m afraid we now have Bullingdon Club yobboism as government. Burning the £50 note in front of the homeless seems to be just what they do. In their own terms they could probably have found any money Manchester might want by simply looking down the side of (perhaps, say, Dido Harding’s) sofa. But their power brooks no contest.
When we know government creates this money costlessly out of thin air, when using its central bank, it must be a power execution ‘high’ and psychopathic contempt for the people they govern – perhaps one that actually gives them a power orgasm that they enjoy?
I really cannot find any other reason.
Andy Burnham has been standing up for his own local government area, which like all the others, has been woefully underfunded for the past 10 years.
This doubtless mirrors the Brexit negotiations where it is not, as the government continually suggests, the EU negotiating in bad faith, but our own government.
I fear I can come to no other conclusion but that the psychopaths are in charge.
We are in the position where other members of government – mostly also emotionally challenged – simply support this detached view.
It is a failure of our electoral system that they were ever elected with such overwhelming power – and a failure of our constitution that they are now not held to account. It is also a failure of our so called fifth estate that neglects properly to question them.