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Chums, the Localism Bill is just fine

Posted by davidburbage on January 19, 2011

My mate Eric presented the Localism Bill to the House of Commons this week. He was in good form, with excellent repartee.

A couple of examples

1 – here challenged by former junior Minister, Chris Leslie, now back in the House :

Christopher Leslie (Nottingham East, Labour)

The Secretary of State advocated the power of general competence as a means of increasing the freedoms of local authorities. However, clause 5(3) states:

"The Secretary of State may by order make provision preventing local authorities from doing, in exercise of the general power, anything
 which is specified, or is of a description specified, in the order."

Does that not completely negate the supposed freedoms?

to which Eric replied :

 I am surprised by the hon. Gentleman’s statement, because he and I have previous. When he was engaged in a respectable profession before returning to this House, I recall him advising me on these issues. His advice was that these things should not be absolute, and that the Secretary of State needs to retain residual powers just in case.

He should not castigate me for taking the advice that he gave all those years ago- nice try.

2 – and encouraged to comment on the great centraliser Mr Prescott by Paul Beresford :

Paul Beresford (Mole Valley, Conservative)

I hope that my right hon. Friend does not miss the opportunity to mention the great pilot of centralisation, John, now Lord, Prescott, who, in moving from the social status of waiter to that of a passenger on cruise ships, was so damaging to local government.

Eric Pickles (Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government; Brentwood and Ongar, Conservative)

I have to say that I have great affection for Lord Prescott, and I am particularly enjoying his current advocacy of insurance on television.

Anyone not seen it can see Lord John earning a few bob here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWpW_5X2EYE&feature=player_embedded


One Response to “Chums, the Localism Bill is just fine”

  1. Marc Green said

    Where is the localism in the central government decision on the Alma Road office development? Opposed by residents and council alike.

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