STUDENTS of Roman history will correct me if I am wrong but I seem to recall that it was a Roman senator called Tacitus who opined that, “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.”

I was reminded of good old Tacitus, as well as the state we are in, when I read the report that members of a group, regarded by the Home Office as an ‘organisation of concern’, has secured large Government grants to fund schools that it runs.

The UK Government last year paid a total of £113,411 to a foundation run by senior members and activists of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a notorious Islamic extremist group (that New Labour once promised to ban) that wants to bring down the British state and replace it with a dictatorship under Islamic law.

It regards integration as “dangerous” and says that British Muslims should “fight assimilation” into British society.

Why do we put up with this nonsense?

ARE you, like me, particularly surprised that most young people regard local politics as being a far-from-important part of their lives?

Research carried out for the Local Government Association (LGA) by the MORI research organisation shows that barely a quarter of 11-16-year-olds believe that their local councillor is the best person to approach in order to change something in their community.

And when asked who, outside their family, they respected most, only one in a hundred chose politicians – which, tellingly enough, was the same number that chose their dog.

Anyway, all this was the reason the LGA created so much publicity awareness of Local Democracy Week which, as you know, took place during the third week of October.

What? You didn’t notice? Shame on you.

Well, at least the trusty old Chester Chronicle did its bit, faithfully recording last week that students from West Cheshire College had been on the receiving end of talks from Steve Robinson and Mike Jones, respectively Chief Executive and Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC).

No verbatim account exists of the worldly words of wisdom these leading civil leaders imparted but unconfirmed reports indicate that the students were left none the wiser regarding the transparently democratic processes CWAC employed in the sale of County Hall, not least regarding, for example, why they failed adequately to consult (even though the Asset Management Strategy says they have a duty to do); and failed to provide any evidence to support the alleged £15m it would have cost to refurbish County Hall.

However, the students have been invited to attend next month’s CWAC Scrutiny Meeting, so perhaps they can raise these matters then.