The rise in the number of English unitary authorities has caused a revolution in British politics. The traditional geographic distribution of government control consists of counties and in turn most counties are split into districts. With the exception of institutions like the armed forces and the National Health Service, which are directed straight from central government, the local centres of government direct most other state functions. The county boundaries shift from time to time, with counties being divided or united sometimes, or even abolished and absorbed; but the system works pretty well... therefore it has to go! A unitary authority is designed to be a replacement to the two-tier country-district system. Some of these make some sense, for example the big city of
Leicester has devolved from
its eponymous shire to be run independently as a unitary authority. This is
because that one city had a third of the county's population and land area in
itself. In the same way the Isle of Wight was once a
county in its own right until 1972; then it was annexed by Hampshire and
divided into two districts. The Isle of Wight people, including
David Icke without a doubt, have always
had a strong independent spirit as islanders tend to. Therefore it was popular
and logical to create a separate authority for the island. The problem is that
the government now want to turn Oxfordshire, my home, into a unitary authority
and this is an entirely different situation. "The Emerald of the South"
is not a metropolitan region like Leicester. Its
capital, the city of Oxford, where
I live, is a relatively small city in a large rural county. Oxfordshire currently
has five districts, ,
Vale of White Horse, Oxford City South Oxfordshire, Cherwell and West
Oxfordshire. The original plan was to divide the county on a basic
north south line, create two unitary authorities and then let devolve into a third; but now
the proposal is for a single unitary authority for the whole of Oxfordshire.
The county council reckon this will save a hundred million pounds a year, see: https://www.betteroxfordshire.org/.
Critics say it will raise council tax bills and cost jobs, see: http://www.oxcivicsoc.org.uk/devolution-and-reorganisation/.
Two districts support the unitary authority agenda, South and White Horse, even
though it technically means their own abolition. Perhaps those district administrators
hope to get better jobs in the unitary authority; never underestimate how much
the prospect of personal gain influences the decisions of a bureaucrat. Source:
This reminds me of the European Union on a smaller scale. Independent self-determining
places are being broken down and digested into a single centralized power bloc.
For this reason I oppose the Oxfordshire unitary authority proposal. Oxford
See here for more information: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/article-50-at-last.html.http://hpanwo-radio.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/programme-193-podcast-eu-referendum.html.