THE GREAT COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT HEIST
We don't often doff our caps to articles in other publications but we urge everyone to read this piece by Julian Dobson on his Living With Rats blog. It traces the whole history of promises on community empowerment.
The conclusion is that we're a "long way from the objective a decade ago of enabling communities to do things for themselves. Power resides within public bodies - what communities are encouraged to do is 'shape' and 'influence' rather than get on with what they want to achieve locally".
And guess who's in the middle of it all? Hazel Blears again. Click here, read it and weep...
Read Hazel Blears The People's Minister Part 1
See the Mary Burns page on Hazelocracy too