Mike German on postcode lotteries

Today’s Western Mail reports:

POLITICIANS need to feel comfortable with the much-maligned idea of “postcode lotteries” in public services, Welsh Lib-Dem leader Mike German says today.

The idea is the inevitable consequence of more “localised” education and health provision, he says – ideas that are gaining ground within the party and enthusiastically talked up by new UK leader Nick Clegg.

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  • The term “Postcode Lottery” is merely a symptom of the sick political system we currently have in Britain.

    If we had a real choice for voters – both at election time and in between with decisions made openly and locally – then we would no longer have to worry about a Postcode Lottery – where the winning numbers are chosen by chance or Council Officer, we could have a genuine individual choice.

  • Andrew Duffield 29th Jan '08 - 6:22pm

    “Postcode Priorities” should be the Lib Dem term – with public services varied and prioritised to suit local needs.

  • David Morton 29th Jan '08 - 9:23pm

    I heard Paul Burstow say ages ago that “Its not the post code thats the problem , its the lottery. ”

    Our line has to be that its not the variations in service that are the problems its the fact you nearly always can’t elect the decsion makers.

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