Taxpayer will be the loser

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I was watching the evening news on Friday, October 23, when the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the right Honourable MP George Osborne, was signing up to Devolution along side the leaders of several council’s.

What really intrigues me is how can several leaders make an important decision such as this over half a million people with out consulting them.

The same type of event took place in Manchester on October 26, when only the chosen few were told about this enormous decision. Some councillors were told but no MPs.

If anyone can remember, this was proposed some years ago under the guise of a Northern Assembly, which was thrown out.

You only have to think about what has happened in Teesside with the steel mill’s closing down under.

Bearing in mind what has been proposed, you wouldn’t then be able to go back to Parliament and ask for a bailout.

And I wonder would there then be the added expense of two elected mayors, none of whom would come cheap.

What then happens to the MPs?

What it really comes down to is that the lack of consultation is really the lack of communication and these councils don’t have either.

Who will suffer the most in all this mayor farce?

The taxpayer, of course, who are the ones left paying these people’s wages.

Lucas Sheldon,

South Shields