The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne yesterday called for the European Union to reform its structures or face continued decline.\u00a0 The Conservative cabinet member is entirely correct, all institutions and organisations have to be in state of continual reform \u2013 transformation as we like to call it in the CIO community \u2013 to remain relevant.\nWhat sticks in the back of the throat from Osborne\u2019s speech to the Fresh Start conference is that he, his government and the opposition which was previously in power have done and plan to do so little to reform our own national structures.\nThe Conservative Party promised if it came to power it wouldn\u2019t \u201cbang on about Europe\u201d all the time. Sadly this is another broken promise and \u201cbanging on about Europe\u201d is all the nation has been subjected to.\nThe Conservative Party is right and being media savvy by calling for reform of the EU, making the party appear to be transformative. But to call for reform whilst failing to offer a reformative vision of the structures of the nation that you have been partly given a mandate to lead has the appearance of a diversion tactic.\nA close analysis of the performance of this government leads me to feel that diversion tactics are its main ideology, using the EU, \u201cBig Society\u201d and the Scottish referendum to avoid addressing issues in banking and national structures.\nThe existing structure of the UK with county councils, borough councils and right down to parish councils is a set of structures that, as Osborne says of the EU, is a risk and leading to continual decline.\nThis disjointed creaking hulk of structures is preventing the forward thinking and reforming leaders\u00a0 of the country from delivering real beneficial change. We know from our relationships with the strong local authority CIOs such as Jos Creese, Sander Kristel and David Wilde to name only three of many that the reform ideas and passion are there.\nOnly last week the parlous state of our national structures was brought to light in a community meeting for my street in a small North Downs market town. As with most streets in the UK, car parking is a major issue and a resident\u2019s only scheme was introduced in 2013. To gain the scheme meant working with the county council, Paul Brocklehurst\u2019s Surrey, but the management of the scheme is through our borough council. The duplication of communications and processes for a parking scheme for just one street has no place in 2014.\nOsborne says the EU faces continual decline without reform. Yet it has been well documented that High Streets are in decline. Outdated taxation systems like the Council Tax are playing a part in that decline, as is the need for local authorities to rely on car parking revenues to support critical services.\nThe Conservatives promised greater localism, yet structures and taxation formed way back in the 1970s and 90s respectively lack the agility competitive communities need.\nOsborne\u2019s speech highlighted the growth of China and India as rivals to the EU\u2019s place in the world market. Yet the as significant digital economy has reformed retail, business and communities and this and the previous government have failed to deliver a vision that understands this structural change.\nForeign investment is being warned away from the UK as a result of the bellicose rhetoric of Osborne and his chums.\nGlobal car manufacturer Nissan has already warned the government. If Osborne wants to be a reformer, as his party supporters would say, let\u2019s start at home.