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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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A New Hope

Posted by davidburbage on May 23, 2010

There’s such a lot of good stuff in the coalition programme. It is a New Hope – good riddance to the hated centralist state-knows-best Labour party.

Localisation and decentralisation are key themes which appeal to both Conservative and Liberal instincts – and though the future economic medicine is far from pleasant, an early and substantial dose can be tolerated as the country easily remembers who it was that got us into this mess in the first place.

Standards Board to go – hooray!

GOL to go – hooray! Please can we lose GOSE and the other Government Offices – an affront to elected representatives across the land. I often hear in meetings “but we’ll need to agree this with GOSE” or “GOSE don’t want us to do that”. Pah!

An end to housing targets – hooray!

I expect we will see a pull back from the extensive ring-fencing and bureaucracy that envelops local government. Knowing how tough it is to cut red tape and bureaucracy, the section in the Business section of the coalition agreement that says

We will cut red tape by introducing a ‘one-in, one-out’ rule whereby no new regulation is brought in without other regulation being cut
by a greater amount.

is admirable. I look forward to the Secretary of State being tough in its execution!

A wry smile also greets the situation that Vince has to find £700m of savings in his own department (that he previously wanted to abolish). Should be easy then!

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