BBC News 24’s chief political correspondent, James Landale, said officials from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) discussed the possibility of cancelling the May 2007 elections in meetings with council chiefs in the last few weeks.
Mr Pickles told BBC News 24 he knew Mr Miliband had personally told one council chief executive he would like to cancel the elections.
In the minutes of one meeting, seen by BBC News, ODPM officials said it was "highly unlikely" the elections would go ahead, not least because "it would not be very efficient to hold elections for a one-year term".
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If Democratic elections were suspended to save the grace or dis-grace, as is appropriate in this case, of the imminently politically and democratically deposed leader say in Iraq, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan etc let alone a once a landslide victorious Prime Minister of UK – there would invariably have been a media-led brouhaha denouncing the ‘third world dictatorial regimes’.
But since we are deemed to be ‘First World Democratic Exemplars’ marauding other civilisations at will enforcing our way of governance – it is quite acceptable for our electors to gracefully look the other side whilst we defrock one B only to replace him with another in the conniving hope that the gullible audiences would go away clapping for an encore as if, somehow, it all were a ‘midsummer night’s dream’.
"Jaagte Rahho" "Be Awake"