A Return to Real Democracy

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If all politics is local, does the absence of local elections not make politics less than democratic?

The current state of affairs, as mandated by the 1976 Local Government Act, is that local councillors are “to be appointed by the State Authority.1 A major consequence of the abolition of local elections and the (re) introduction of nominated local authorities is the blurring of boundaries between state and local authority, and the diminished role of the latter.

Although local councils are not technically departments of the state government, they have to obey state policies and their authority is subject to that of the state in many ways – even the renaming of roads requires state approval.

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