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The day localism died as the Tory/Lib Dem government seizes control of Cornwall's funding
Recently is has been announced that the coalition has done a u-turn on Cornwall's European funding. The thin veneer of localism has been worn through to expose the control freak heart of the coalition government.
They may announce they want devolution to Cornwall in some unspecified and at some point in the future manner, but the reality is both Tory and Lib Dems are control freaks. Quite what our MPs are doing about it is unclear, I don't expect any coalition leaflets soon will state the benefits of having MPs 'at the heart of government.'

It shows the massive disparity between the centre and the periphery and Westminster and local government, when decisions like this are made without any form of consultation with officials in Cornwall, let alone the Cornish public. It had not even been explained to anyone, why this decision has been made. What possible benefits could there be placing these decisions hundreds of miles away from here and made by people that don't live here and aren't accountable to us.

It's high time that the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats stopped all the hollow talk about devolving power to Cornwall and admit that they have no desire at all to let Cornwall have any decision making; Finally reveal that their politicking on more power for Cornwall, is an attempt to take votes off Mebyon Kernow and that their true attention post the general election is the same as it has been for the last four and a half years, take powers and funding from Cornwall! What we need is politicians that actually say things they believe in and will work towards when elected, rather than the present lot that make the same promises at every election in the hope that failure will continue to be rewarded.

Taken from Rob Simmons' blog dated 31st January 2015.
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Published on 4th February 2015.

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