I wish the Secretary of State had bothered to come, partly because this is so incoherent and we might had something a bit better but mainly because I wanted to pay him a compliment for proposing to cut a bit of town hall waste. He said at the weekend:
"Councils should spend less time and money on weekly town hall Pravdas...our free press should not face state competition from propaganda on the rates dressed up as local reporting".
My Conservative council spends £750,000 on just that type of propaganda. When will the Government cut that, and in addition to consulting the councils themselves, when will they consult local people, MPs and newspapers about the problem? It is a disgrace.
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