A little bit of power to the people

Image via Wikipedia You probably know the "frustrated film-maker" type of advert - the sort where grizzled actors walk around moodily-shot landscapes, musing on life, truth or the way of the world. They always seem so thoughtful and serious, until the final ten seconds when it turns out all that emotional power was being put in the service of some pointless piece of tat, such as a new sort of microwaveable chip, or the Sunday Times. The Conservative Party's manifesto is that sort of manifesto, although it should be said, since this is…Read more

Are you local?

Following the launch of the Labour and Tory manifestos one thing it seems both agree on is giving more 'power to the people', but what does that actually mean? According to the Guardian's data blog the actual word 'local' appeared a similar number of times in both parties' documents, although slightly more in Labour's. The problem national politicians have is while they may want to devolve power to a local level they have to be careful how they word such a pledge, given the unfounded disdain many voters have for their local authority.…Read more