The Local Government Association (LGA) has been calling for councils to get 10 per cent of fracking profits, says The Spectator. The current position is 1 per cent of the revenue going to town halls, it adds.
Really? Whyever should Town Halls be involved, beyond polling the local community?
There's no reason at all why Town Halls should get their hands on a single penny. Suppose the locals wanted reduced energy bills?
Or even to use the money to improve a free school or set one up?
The local authority would have absolutely no role at all.
So the significance of the LGA's pitch isn't the percentage they're bidding for. It's the brass cheek of assuming they have an automatic right to be involved at all.