We came across a blog, Solution Focused Politics, written by Matthew Gibson who lives in the UK.
In May 2012, he wrote:
Robert Serman and Richard Oldham have eloquently described the farce of the Surrey County Council meeting on the 16th which decided on parking for Haslemere (Letters 23/3), ignoring the views of local residents. The underlying question is why did a Surrey and not a Haslemere Council consider this local issue? The roots of this are profound.
We are supposed to benefit from a democratic local administration in this country. This is a myth. It is not very local: excluding school grants, Surrey Council spends roughly £1,010, Waverley £130 and Haslemere £14 per inhabitant, so it seems localism largely ends at a population of 1 million, and partially at about 116,000. And it is not very democratic either: the Conservative Party has nearly 100% of the councillors at all three levels, and so the 30-40% of electors who did not vote for them are almost completely unrepresented.
If parking here is to be decided properly, we need a wholesale reform of both the administrative and the electoral processes of the country. Why not start with an analysis of the consequences of equal per capita allocations at the three levels, then consider how to adjust it as little as possible upwards to achieve real local devolution?