- David Cameron is genuinely interested in reforming the political process to tackle public disdain and encourage participation at and between elections.
- Clarke agrees with many of the recommendations of the Power Commission, but is interested in reforming Parliament, government and the Civil Service more than the long-term bottom-up measures suggested by the Commission.
- He thinks that Scottish and Welsh MPs should be excluded from voting on issues that do not affect their own constituents. He does not though believe the UK should move towards a genuine federal structure, not least because of the imbalance in size of the four nations.
- There is a limit to the autonomy that can be given to local councils, because their income will always largely depend on central transfers of wealth between the UK regions.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Ken Clarke on tour
Spent this lunchtime at a UCL seminar by Ken Clarke MP on the Conservative democracy taskforce he is chairing. He made a number of interesting points: