Plans are already with Cable to create a Local Enterprise Partnership covering Cornwall, Devon and possibly parts of Somerset.
As one source told me: “The sands of time are running out for the RDA. Suddenly everyone has got the message they are likely to be history pretty quickly.”
After getting an earful from the RDA this morning for our coverage – apparently it didn’t give enough credit for what they had done in Cornwall, though they don’t dispute their days are numbered – a remarkable piece of spin pinged into my inbox.
From an email address called “newsflash” it announces:
RDAs: “One of the most efficient of all Government departments and agencies…” and “Focused on getting the economy moving again”And so it goes on for 1,400 words.
Government analysis shows that England’s RDAs are among the most efficient of all departments and agencies, and also confirms economic benefits arising from RDA work.
This analysis has been around for sometime, and still the coalition is committed to getting rid of them.
I was told that the argument in today’s paper needed more balance, though it seems the argument is probably over.
Though the RDA isn’t going down without a fight, it does all seem like locking the stable door long after the horse has bolted.