The New Year’s Honours List contains a well-deserved knighthood for Steve Bubb, the Chief Executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. I first knew Steve when we were both involved in the Young Fabians in the 1970s. However, we were also the Chief Whips of our respective London Boroughs, Haringey and Lambeth, from 1982 to 1986 and were inevitably at the centre of the campaign against rate-capping -the attack on local authorities by the then Conservative Government under Margaret Thatcher.
It is an irony therefore that, as another Conservative Government again imposes massive cuts on local councils, Margaret Thatcher’s successor, David Cameron, has honoured Steve, who was, of course, one of the Lambeth Councillors who ended up being surcharged and disqualified from office for defying the central government.
Incentivising dissent?

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