In an interview with the local papers last week, Cornwall Council Leader Alec Robertson plugged the idea of holding local referendums next May alongside the election of the new police commissioner. The aim, he said, would be to ask questions on issues of interest to people across Cornwall such as the level of council tax that second home owners should pay or whether the Council should take responsibility for the A30.
Unfortunately for Alec, he got a couple of things wrong. First, the elections for the police commissioners have been postponed until November.
And second, on Monday last week the Government ditched the idea of local referendums such as those Alec was planning.