Defending Local Government in Practice and Theory
In changing the ways in which things have been done for decades, we are predictably accused of attacking local government. I emphatically reject that charge. Certainly local government’s powers in certain respects will be limited, but they will be in practice not by the government but by local people. (Ridley, 1988)
This is consistent with the presentation of the issue and their response to it by Thatcherites. Ridley saw the government as a radical one which was not prepared to rubber-stamp time- honoured policies that in his view led to Britain’s decline. Firm government, with clear convictions and objectives, was at the head of this new approach to local government.
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