People are so often great. This time they have voted down the Congestion charge in Manchester. They dared to vote down a £1.6 billion “bribe” – more public spending which of course would all be borrowed and which the people of Manchester and elsewhere would have to pay back with interest sometime. Great news.
All this will come as a huge surprise to many of my MP colleagues who still bellieve people want all this public spending on the never never, more than they want more money in their own pocket to pay the gas bill, the mortgage and for the family car. Labour especially is always complaining if Conservatives do not approve every extra penny of borrowed money, even when it is being wasted in a most obvious way as with the VAT cut, unelected regional government, ID computers and the like.
They need to think again. Or will the people of Manchester have to vote again, as they got it wrong.? Will Labour adopt EU style democracy, where you have ballot by exhaustion till they get the result they want? Or will we have Lab style democracy, where you vote down regional government one day, and are told they will keep it on an unelected basis the next !