Two interesting stories from recent weeks that show what a couple of Secretaries of State think of it:
From last month, Michael Gove wants more powers to change how schools are run, to stop people having their say over what happens to their local school.
And today, Eric Pickles has started threatening councils that don’t do what he tells them with cuts to their funding. It’s about waste collections this time, but who knows what hoops he might make councils jump through for funding in the future?
As someone once said, while talking about something other than localism: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.