Tag Archives: localisation

Social enterprise and small is beautiful

I gave a very unsatisfactory answer in a radio interview recently about social enterprise. Having had a lot more experience asking the questions than answering them in media exchanges, it’s an uncommon feeling to be on the other side of … Continue reading

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Might cities fail?

One of the recurrent themes of this blog is that cities now offer better prospects for dealing with the social and economic problems that we face. This is becoming dangerously close to a consensus view on right and left -witness the … Continue reading

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Cities and cyber currency

A Camden church has started accepting Bitcoin donations. St Martin’s in Gospel Oak says it wants to keep up with the times and has warned that the current financial system is not all that reliable.  I’ve just checked where else … Continue reading

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Is the Mansion Tax the best policy on offer for city economies?

Two main criticisms are made of the de-centralisation argument. One that it still doesn’t provide any idea of the policies that a public authority would adopt – the policy choices still have to be made, whether at national or local … Continue reading

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Mind the gap

Higher productivity causes unemployment which can only be alleviated by new growth. When demand is racing along in the boom years the inescapable logic of this arithmetic is disguised. When the boom comes to a shuddering halt, it’s painfully clear. … Continue reading

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Labour in the labyrinth

Nearly half of Britons expect their living standards to be worse by 2015. A third think it will take another 4/5 years before recovery – and 15% either can’t see a recovery for at least a decade or believe it … Continue reading

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The squeezed State

Whilst central government fails to solve the crisis – see last two blogs – managing it is leading to increasingly tough decisions for local authorities. The leader of Newcastle city council has been hammered for pointing out the inevitable – … Continue reading

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Local moves

Start of the year – and the first snippets of evidence for rising localism. Westminster wants to link benefit payments to healthy lifestyles. Nanny-ish for sure, especially for a Tory borough, and easy to think of the logistical difficulties. But … Continue reading

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Going back to their roots

Here’s an example of State capture – the government’s infrastructure plans are not going ahead because the banks  won’t invest their planned share unless government underwrites the costs. Only £700m has been raised so far towards an interim target of … Continue reading

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Localism v the State

All previous blogs have been leading up to this question – can the State, in its current form – the nation state –   cope with this crisis? I think there are at least three reasons to think that it might … Continue reading

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