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Well, it does require self-discipline, and the necessity to put this -- put one's personal views about the policy on one side. As I said earlier on, this was an unusual and very important case, but there are thousands of local councillors up and down the country who are making quasi-judicial decisions every day, and I don't think anybody would seriously suggest that a choice about planning, which is quasi-judicial, should be wholly removed from democratic decision-making simply because councillors have a view about their neighbourhoods. I think that would be wrong.

I think there's everything to be said for having elected officials, councillors or MPs, as ministers making decisions in public interest cases.

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