With permission now granted for Dorset to move from nine regional authorities to two unitaries, politicians across Dorset are hailing it as the way forward to cope with continued austerity and income losses.
Which begs the question: if unitisation is so good, why are we stuck with a myriad of district and city councils in Devon?
Is Dorset right or wrong? Should we be following their lead? Are we following their lead in secret?
Or is our Local Enterprise Partnership Joint Committee our de-facto unelected, unaccountable, unscrutinised unitary authority already – with heavily-weighted Somerset taking the majority of its funds?