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14.11.09

Our Kingdom / Our Duchy

A couple of posts below from the re-looked and generally excellent UK democracy blog, OurKingdom.

THE UNSPOKEN CONSTITUTION 2.0

A new wiki website has been created where users can contibute to writing down our Unspoken Constitution. In the article linked to above there is already mention of the Duchy of Cornwall so perhaps our Cornish Constitutionalists could put their extensive knowledge to use and contribute to the wiki site. The site creators write:

So, we are now launching The Unspoken Constitution 2.0 – a wiki version of the text originally proposed by Rosemary Bechler and produced for us by James Graham at Unlock Democracy. Anyone can add to or amend the text – all we ask is that that anyone joining our team of editors and contributors seeks to capture the reality of our constitutional order in the same irreverent and satirical style in which the original has been composed.

There is every chance that this wiki website will sent to many decision makers and widely read so perhaps a solid Cornish contribution on the Duchy is a must.

QUANGOS - STILL UNDEMOCRATIC AFTER ALL

The title speaks for itself really. Significant new research on quangos -Who's In Charge (pdf)- has been published by the Local Government Association (LGA) and reported in the Daily Telegraph as further evidence that quangos are ‘unrepresentative, closed to scrutiny and offer bad value’. The OK article ends with:

The questions we should be asking our quangocrats, regardless of how much they are paid, were outlined by Tony Benn long ago: ‘What power have you got? Where did you get if from? In whose interests do you exercise it? To whom are you accountable? And how can we get rid of you?’ And as Tony Benn also reminded us: ‘if you cannot get rid of the people who govern you, you do not live in a democratic system’.

For how long will the Cornish tolerate being governed by a collection of undemocratic quangos and opaque bodies such as the South West Regional Development Agency, Government Office of the South West, English Heritage, The Duchy of Cornwall etc etc etc?

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