In an article in the Journal the other day, Blaydons outgoing Labour MP defended the role of Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). One NorthEast is one of the best of these regional quangos, but that is not saying much. I agree that economically deprived regions such as the North East, need a body such as this but there is few arguments supporting them in other English regions, such as the East of England and the South East.
In addition, One NorthEast desperately needs local accountability. Councils are much derided but at least you can vote people out if they don't perform. There needs to be a stronger link with One NorthEast and the voters.
The Tories hate anything that resembles regionalism but after pledging to abolish RDAs now plan to "evolve" into more local bodies. So the plan is to abolish a Quango and replace it with more?