SIR – The current debate between local regions and the Government on the nature of further restrictions being imposed to address Covid-19 raises an important issue that is much more than just whether or not any centrally imposed restrictions are going to be more appropriate than those imposed locally.

Far more important is whether or not it is better that decisions affecting local people should be taken by locally elected politicians who know the areas they live in rather than, as is increasingly the case, centrally based politicians locked in the Westminster bubble divorced from the realities of everyday life in “the sticks”.

One of the reasons Britain voted to leave the EU was to gain more control over its future so perhaps we should now consider taking steps to devolve more power to a local level in order to develop a democracy more suited to the 21st century?

Mike Levins