A couple of months ago I wrote an article describing how rules and regulations – and ethical standards officers – were stifling local democracy. Local politicians of the best kind – those with a forthright opinions and a public profile – were falling victim to regulations that stated that they must reach decisions objectively and consider all the facts.
Now as much as I hate the man, this is exactly what a bunch of green lawyers are trying to pull on Boris. As the Standard reports:
“a group of activist lawyers called ClientEarth has now written to the Mayor saying they are deeply concerned at the “prejudicial” effect his remarks will have on the two statutory consultations he is required by law to carry out before the western extension zone can be scrapped. They have called on Mr Johnson to retract his remarks and confirm that he will conduct “credible and transparent” consultation.”
Sorry but this shows just what a fucking ridiculous exuse for a democracy we have. I support the c-charge zone. However Bojo stood on a mandate of scrapping its western extension and won. This is what people voted for. Why should we have to have statutory consultations. In fact the only way politicians could have not made ‘prejudicial remarks’ about it would be by not running on the issue, and us not opening it up to the electorate. We might as well have our politicians compete by promising to run really good consultations rather than giving us a choice between anything concrete.