The BBC has the article on its website – see link below:-
Well if you’ve stopped by this blog site previously you will probably know that I’m no fan of elected mayors of any type, indeed my view is that they are a backwards step not least because they concentrate powers in the hands of one person and this, together with the related City Regions, ends up with big cities being favoured to the detriment of surrounding towns. And no, of course more elected mayors are not the solution to the north – south divide.
We need serious devolution in England akin to the powers of the devolved nations of Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland because England is far too centralised and the issues of ‘the north’ are always looked at through the eyes of the Westminster-based elite and their officials.
For all bandwagon Burnham’s bluster last summer nothing useful came of it, he has no significant powers and he was ignored. Such will continue to the case until we have proper regional governance across England, preferably without elected mayors.