Giving power back to the people

This from David Cameron in Saturday’s Guardian:

This is a government that will give power back to the people

Sounds good. Which people?

One way of doing that is by spreading choice… [T]o give people an even wider choice we will increase competition in public services by inviting new providers in.

Ok. Power to individuals and some power to new providers. Who next?

Next, we’re giving more power to neighbourhoods.

Good stuff. Can’t go wrong there. And to finish?

No interference from on high – just real power for professionals.

Excellent. If you define “people” as individuals, providers, neighbourhoods and professionals, it’s virtually impossible not to give power away. Just add in politicians and civil servants and consider it job done, eh Dave?


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