Reported in the paper edition of the Daily Telegraph today (can't seem to find an on-line link) is:
"Geoff Hoon, Transport Secretary, told MPs that they would not be given a say on the issue." It transpires that the decisions will be taken by yet another collection of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats.
Andrew Gimson, in his Commons Sketch, likened Geoff Hoon to a 'cloth-eared apparatchik'. Andrew Gimson is for once wide of the mark - Geoff Hoon is a disgrace to his office and his position as an MP. This is the man who will do and say anything to keep his job; witness his 'parroting', during the Iraq war, of Tony Blair's insistence about weapons of mass destruction. He really does live up to his nick-name of 'Hoon The Buffoon'!
Once again, the basic point in all this is that the Government, whilst continually trumpeting the line about 'bringing decision making down to the lowest possible level', 'democracy', 'consultations', 'involving the ordinary people' etc, behave like any dictator.
It could, perhaps, be argued if there is no need to consult the people via the processes of democracy, greed for power becomes unfettered and individual freedom becomes a complication which hinders the personal objectives of a prospective dictator.