Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Yorkshire Assembly referendum - are they serious?

Just back from a trip to god's own county. Sighted in Bradford - billboards for the approaching referendum on a devolved government for Yorkshire. Now, I'm in favour of this, and I was a little surprised to see the lack of much campaigning activity. I would have thought that nothing would be an easier sell than pandering to Yorks local chauvinism, but the ads have done it. "Would an Elected Regional Aszzzzzzz" Sorry. Let's try that again. "Would an Elected Regional Assemly helpzzzzzzz" It keeps happening. "Would an Elected Regional Assembly help put decent homes where they're needed?"

Well, there's taut, punchy, sales directed ad copy if ever I saw it. Dull, dull, dull. And the capitals give it a beautiful air of Public Information Broadcasts. The vote has recently been put off, supposedly due to trouble with the postal ballots, and I wonder if the government are really trying to win? After all, a major election in Yorkshire at the moment would very likely be a double whipping for the government - probably BNP trouble in the mill towns, UKIP trouble in the fox hunting Vale of York and Lib Dems coming out of the woodwork everywhere else. Not to mention possible far left ructions in the Labour fortress constituencies (isn't proportional representation great?).

So - one way out would be to let the whole policy die of natural causes.

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