Beware – Politicians pledging to devolve power will probably do just the opposite!

People-powered public services pledge from Ed Miliband – pull the other one!

Ed Miliband has been detailing a future Labour Government’s objectives for public services. His vision is about the individual acting as a consumer [well that’s about as far away from socialism as you can get!]. Specifically, he mentioned giving parents the power to oust head teachers [you can bet that this throw away pledge would be so complex to use in reality that it would be all but worthless even if it was wise, which it is not]. “We will put more power in the hands of patients, parents and all the users of services. We will help people work together with each other and with those professionals who serve them, giving them voice as well as choice [politicians love a rhyme voice – choice and his one echoes of Tony Blair who succeeded in making Britain less equal!].” He also pledged to devolve power from central Government down to local levels [This one comes from all politicians but when they get in power in Westminster they want to pull all the leavers themselves – we should not assume anything but the opposite when this pledge is made].

This agenda should mean significantly less central government from London, huge reductions in the power of Whitehall, far less Big Brother telling us what to do and when to do it, BUT both Tories and Labour have been centralising power in Westminster at least since the Second World War and at a frightening pace. Every Labour government ends up telling us what is good for us. Sorry Ed, only Liberals really believe in truly empowering people and I have my doubts about some of them, so no benefit of the doubt for you and your vague promises of power to the people!