Jim Chapman again predicts the future of London politics, this time post-OMB, post-Imagine London and post-Dalton McGuinty…
…and if those three are not quite the nightmare stuff of the-banality-of-evil legend, they will have at least contrived the costly unintended consequences of the-dullness-of-dysfunctional-governance mediocrity. The highlights of Chapman's predictions include:
full-time and correspondingly higher-paid councillors (get ready for those self-serving "farm-team" canards sometime thereafter),
the abolition of the board of control and more "secret deals and 'old-boys networking,'" and
voters casting ballots of two members of council instead of the previous seven, leading to more disenchantment and disinterest.
… Anyone who thinks this whole scenario is likely to lead to better government just isn't paying attention. But in the end, isn't that what many politicians want? Voters who aren't paying attention anyway are not likely to vote for much in the way of change.
And that means the gravy train will keep on rolling into the foreseeable future. Thanks for nothing to Imagine London, the OMB and Dalton McGuinty, and happy New Year to the rest of us.