Saturday 24 February 2018

John Downing: Hogan has binned town councils but don't trash reforms just yet

IN THE white heat of debate politicians sometimes advise their opponents on where to find the word 'sympathy' in the dictionary by citing the unlovely words which precede and follow it.

A much posher word you'll hear flung about in the next few days in talks about local government reform is 'subsidiarity'. Appropriately enough, it is to be found in the dictionary between two other recurring local authority buzz words, 'subsidence' and 'subsidy'.

Subsidiarity is a simple principle which requires that decisions should be taken at the lowest level possible while also ensuring effective action.

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