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Camerons Duchy & Direct Democracy

Considering Cornwall's interest in devolution it seems strange that Direct Democracy (see bottom of this post) have never mentioned us and even stranger that our Shadow Minister for Cornwall Mark Prisk has never brought up Cornish devolution with them.

One would think that if a Tory think tank like DD wanted to sell 'localism' they would try in a place like Cornwall that has a strong Conservative presence and a desire for decentralisation.

What has our Shadow Minister been doing since his appointment by David Cameron, does anyone know? I certainly think we should all ask Mark Prisk and let him know our thoughts on Cornwall.

Even noting David Camerons use of 'Duchy' to describe Cornwall and Mark Prisks appointment I still can't help thinking we are just witnessing more Tory flim-flam in an effort to win votes.

How about seeing a commitment to Cornish 'localism' and decentralisation to Cornwall, and if the Tory leader wants to call Cornwall a Duchy why not a promise to investigate the Cornish constitution?

Reforming the quangocracy is the key to solving the 'English question'

Richard Hayton and Michael Kenny of the IPPR argue in the Guardian that a solution to the so-called 'English question' will only be found by reforming the "mish-mash of bureaucrats in Whitehall, quangos and unelected regional bodies" that decide upon, amongst many other things, how we are policed, how welfare is organised and delivered, and how our children are taught. They are quite correct in this assessment - localism and a radical decentralisation of power would not only reinvigorate local democracy but would also provide the most elegant and lasting settlement for the English, post-devolution.

Reforming the quangocracy is also the key to voter disillusionment

This year's
Hansard Society annual 'health check of political engagement' makes particularly depressing reading with less than a third of the British public saying that the present system of governing the country works well. Polly Toynbee argues that the story behind these figures and of why people see precious little point in voting, is that there is now so little difference between the main political parties on the big issues. We disagree with this assessment. There are still big differences in policy and approach - its just that MPs and councillors have much less influence over them than the panoply of non-accountable quangos that effectively determine what happens in our everyday lives.

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The Direct Democracy campaign is supported by a broad range of MPs, MEPs, candidates and activists from within the Conservative Party

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