This is the site where I pontificate on matters of local government and politics - here in Maidstone and Mid-Kent.
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My view is quite straight-forward. English local government simply does not work as it might. It is bureaucratic and slow-moving. It is self-serving, often run by local government officers for local government officers.
Members – councillors, that is – are often a mere democratic gloss, often failing to remind Councils’ paid management that they in fact work for local residents. Council tax goes up every year and huge amounts are collected. Yet regular folk are left wondering what they get for their money.
Here in Maidstone, I want to change this.