A distraction from what's really happening in politics (that rings a bell now!) and subsequently society; namely how the wealthy liberal and political elite have completely hijacked control and are busy serving themselves and big business, whilst continuing the transfer of wealth from the tax payer and the poor, to the rich.
For example, relaxing planning laws so private companies find it easier to develop land and thus increase profit.
Private companies being involved in public services; they're all dragging private profit from a publicly financed service.
And the cuts to Social Security payments while at the same time cutting corporation tax, business rates and indeed the higher rate of income tax for the highest earners.
Now if that's not robbing the poor to pay the rich I don't know what is.
Yet by engineering people to buy in to and become consumed by the notion that they have control through the pseudo holy grail of 'local decision making', thus preoccupied by and looking no further than local political trivia, of course they can do it.