It's that time of the year again, when city councillors, under guidance from unelected city staff, decide what to do with the spoils collected from taxpayers. Even if city staff were elected by the minority of voting Londoners like council members are, it wouldn't improve the system much, because when you are doling out other people's money with relative impunity, there is no tangible incentive to responsibly manage that cash except to further your political advantage.
One option would see money handed to umbrella groups that would make the decision. The city's arts council, for example, could decide if a pottery guild deserves $200,000.Thanks for the potholes and slushy roads. Looking forward to more sinkholes, tax increases, and call centers.