I cannot comment too much on the breaking news about the Government seeking to abolish the Corporations of Hamilton and St. Georges, simply because at the moment there isn’t much to go on. I look forward to reading more details in the news as this story develops.
I am however surprised at what is being reported, that they are to be abolished and their responsibilities absorbed into the various Ministries of Government.
I have long been opposed to the existing electoral system of the Corporations, and even the concept of them as corporations. They seem to be one of the last remaining vestiges of obvious oligarchy with their property vote. I have argued in the past that the electoral system needs reformed and that the vote should be extened to every individual that has a full-time job based in the City or Town. I also believe that the general public, that is the ‘consumers’ that use the conurbations, in addition to the ‘producers’ that work in them, should also have some say in their running, although I am mostly content to allow the Government, in as much as it is supposed to represent the people, fulfill this role until a better system can be developed.
As stated, I take issue with the concept of the city and Town being run by a corporation. I would much rather see them become actual examples of local government, along the lines of my concepts for decentralised government based on elected and empowered Parish Councils, with the basic unit being the neighbourhood association. As corporations their MO is to develop a profit. As local governments they’re MO changes to make the urban areas a living expression of the people who use and work in the urban areas.
In short, I am for increasing democracy and people’s empowerment of society, not for increasing the centralisation of power. Under our liberal democractic system the ‘people’s representatives’ govern on behalf of the people, which is quite different from the people governing themselves. And this is further complicated by an already bureaucracy that is the civil service, further alienating the people from controlling the institutions of society. I fully support reforming the relevant corporations in question, but simply abolishing them and absorbing their function into the state, ameoba like, is actually worse than the existing system.
I’ll write more on this as I get more information and have the time to think the issues over more.
The new RG article is here.