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Letter: Time runs out for our beloved country.

Byline: ALAN SHEATH

Sir, - I write with reference to the West Midlands - a region of the European Union - and objections to the Government white paper concerning 'your region - your choice.'

A few days ago, the Annual Conference of the Regions was held at the National Exhibition Centre.

Kept very quiet, wasn't it!

Kept equally quiet is the fact that if you want to register your protest against the break-up of our beloved country into regions, with the disappearance of the shire counties at the behest of federal Europe, (the map first published in 1971 showed the regions exactly as proposed now, but in French), you have only until the end of this month to do so. The shire counties, a satisfactory system that has existed for hundreds of years, is to be replaced by regions, each to have assemblies of 35 people, with an inner cabinet, a political elite of six people holding the reins of power and meeting behind closed doors.

The setting-up of this little lot is estimated at pounds 2 billion, with the running costs of each assembly at 5p per week of Band D Community Charge.

Can you image Warwickshire accepting what is good for Shropshire, Worcestershire accepting what is good for Staffordshire, rural areas accepting what is good for urban and city areas?

There will be increased competitiveness between areas for funding, with the prospect of regions being run by one political party, ie beholden to New Labour. The proposed West Midlands Regional Assembly would be dominated by Labour-controlled councils. Worse still, it would ultimately bypass our Parliament, with responsibility direct to Brussels.

Is this what you want? A stranglehold by that unelected, undemocratic and corrupt European Union?

A phone-in poll held by Radio WM in May showed that 77 per cent were against a West Midlands Region.

Your objections should be sent by email to regions.whitepaper@odpm.gsi.gov.uk; by post to: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, 1/A4, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DU.

ALAN SHEATH Walsall.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 26, 2002
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