Photo: Peter Dowd, Kim Il Sung

Tories Planning proposals take more decisions at the centre dressed up as localism says Sefton Council’s former Leader, Councillor Peter Dowd MP. Speaking this week in debate on the new planning rules, the Bootle MP, Netherton councillor and Kim-il-Sung lookalike described the Government’s latest Housing and Planning proposals as:

“one of the most centralising pieces of planning legislation that this country has ever seen, dressed up as localism.”

When his collleague Gareth Thomas MP interjected “Stalinist” Mr Dowd continued “Indeed, it is almost Maoist.”

The late Chairman Mao has figure extensively in the House of Commons this week with Labour Deputy Leader John MCDonnell MP throwing a copy of Mao’s Little Red Book’ across the despatch box during the budget debate.

Allegations of Maoism have been levied closer to home where Peter Dowd’s brother Cllr Mark Dowd centralised power and money in his own office as chair of Merseytravel, making himself the highest-paid councillor in the region.

Some officers who had meetings with him said that they had just been ‘Dark Mao’d’.


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