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If I ruled the world

Give power back to the people

By Jon Snow   June 2012

If I ruled the world, I’d try to recognise my limitations and deal with the local—my family, my community, my local council, my country. I’d hope that by doing so I would inspire others to do the same, and so help construct a more rational world.

Robin Cook described Britain in 1994, as “the most centralised state in Europe.” Nothing much has changed since, despite Scottish and Welsh devolution. I recently travelled to Rome sitting next to an MP who talked to me about his constituency workload. When we dissected his responsibilities, he agreed that local councillors should be dealing…

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