London Government, and how to Reform it

London Municipal Reform League, 1882 - 125 páginas

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Página 104 - Nevertheless, we do not find any argument on which the course pursued with regard to other Towns could be justified, which would not apply with the same force to London, unless the magnitude of the change in this case should be considered as converting that which would otherwise be only a practical difficulty into an objection of principle.
Página 119 - Now it is quite hopeless to induce persons of a high class, either socially or intellectually, to take a share of local administration in a corner by piece-meal, as members of a Paving Board or a Drainage Commission.
Página 122 - CorOllicc. poration might be three years. No useful object would be served by disturbing the metropolis by such a yearly election of councillors as now takes place in the City, or by the system under which one-third go out each year. The experience of the School Board has shown that a triennial election of all the members of a public body always results in the return of a sufficiently large number of old members to leave the continuity of public work undisturbed, whilst the example of the Imperial...
Página 94 - that it is expedient that the supply of water to the Metropolis should be placed under the control of some public body which shall represent the interests and command the confidence of the water consumers.
Página 119 - Board or a Drainage Commission. The entire local business of their town is not more than a sufficient object to induce men whose tastes incline them and whose knowledge qualifies them for national affairs to become members of a mere local body, and devote to it the time and study which are necessary to render their presence anything more than a screen for the jobbing of inferior persons under the shelter of their responsibility.
Página 95 - ... Authority carefully to consider whether a new and better supply could not be obtained at a cost greatly less than the sum which would have had to be paid, under the Agreements, for the existing supply. 'Various courses might be adopted. It would be possible to proceed by regulation of the powers of the existing Companies, as in the case of the Gas supply ; or by the introduction of an independent Water supply ; or by the purchase of the existing undertakings. It would be the duty of the Water...
Página 36 - nhaD'ted metropolitan area, outside the City of London, was in a state of chaos almost indescribable. The Corporation of the City had long since withdrawn from any effort to govern the suburbs around it, and the attempts of the later Tudor and earlier Stuart sovereigns to restrict the capital within the City walls were not repeated by any sovereigns of the House of Brunswick. Queen Elizabeth had prohibited the erection of more buildings, on the ground that so large a multitude would become ungovernable,...
Página 104 - We hardly anticipate that it will be suggested, for the purpose of removing the appearance of singularity, that the other quarters of the town should be formed into independent and isolated communities, if indeed the multifarious relations to which their proximity compels them would permit them to be isolated and independent. This plan would, as it seems to us, in getting rid of an anomaly, tend to multiply and perpetuate an evil.
Página 119 - ... his exertions. Whatever might be the case in some other constitutions of society, the spirit of a commercial people will be, we are persuaded, essentially mean and slavish, wherever public spirit is not cultivated by an extensive participation of the people in the business of government in detail; nor will the desideratum of a general diffusion of intelligence among either the middle or lower classes be realized, but by a corresponding dissemination of public functions and a voice in public affairs.
Página 43 - That the statutory arrangements for the extinction of fires in the metropolis, whereby the Fire Brigade is administered by the Metropolitan Board of Works, two separate police forces exist side by side, and the water supply is sectionally furnished by eight independent companies, are not such as to furnish adequate protection to life and property; and contrast unfavourably with provincial systems, where the fire brigade, water supply, and police are under a single authority ; and that consolidation...

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