To rephrase the famous Kenneth Wolstenholme 1966 World Cup commentary: “They think its all over…..well it isn’t!”  The Housing and Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, failed to listen to all the arguments. Far too many assertions in the Merger Business Plan were taken at face value. Updates were never sought or provided. The financial background that caused West Somerset to seek shelter with Taunton Deane has dramatically receded. I am sorry to say that I believe serious untruths  have been told and – worse – believed in Whitehall. That is why I intend to continue the fight to preserve the democratic independence of West Somerset District Council. I am bitterly disappointed by the decision of course, but I do not give up. And today I told the House of Commons precisely that: