“As any fule kno” (to quote Nigel Molesworth), so-called “public consultations” are simply public confidence tricks – set the right questions, or interpret the results as you will and you’ll get all the “public support” you require.
Our so-called representatives still treat us with the disdain school bullies reserve for their lackeys. The latest examples are those councillors who voted to reject presenting proper, unbiased information about the proposed merger of Norfolk and Suffolk. It’s hard to believe in what low esteem they hold us, isn’t it? It seems clear that the requirements of the major conurbations, and possibly the smaller towns, are very different from those of the inhabitants of the coastal strip and the rural areas. In a single authority Norwich and Ipswich, who have over 20 per cent of the total population, could dominate policy. In my view rather than joining us all into one mis-matched authority, the two counties should be divided into three administrative regions – urban, rural, and coastal.
Edward Wheatley, Hunstanton