New Labour introduced 'cabinet-style' local governments from the late 90s onwards in England. This system denies the electorate the right to make an input into local government decision making by barring public and press attendance during cabinet meetings and allows councillors to make decisions on our behalf without our input.

The only input that is taken into account is from lobby-groups and businesses who have usually paid money to have their say. In other words, they have bribed the councillors into making the 'right' decision. In this way, many wealthy businesses have been able to have permission granted for building work etc even if their proposals break local planning rules!

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My idea is important in upholding democratic values in government.

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