Once again many will question the dependence on a global market economy as headlines shout, “China’s ‘Black Monday’ sends markets reeling”. For months, in a range of publications, Mohamed El-Erian, who chairs President Obama’s Global Development Council, has been forecasting the risk of a ‘perfect storm’, adding that considering ‘its destructive potential, it warrants . . . → Read More: Local development as a strategic alternative in Fife
As the old order with its class and gender hierarchies gave way, George Monbiot points out that the void filled with junk could have been occupied by a better society, built on mutual support and connectedness, without the stifling stratification of the old order.
‘The feast to which we were invited is only for . . . → Read More: Is a quiet political revolution getting under way?
City councillor John Clancy, who once worked in the venture capital market, explains in a Chamberlain Files article, [accessed via the Brummie], that ‘Brummie bonds’ can provide much needed investment and kick-start building by local councils and housing associations across Birmingham.
Some readers will remember that the Brummie Bonds concept was incorporated in the . . . → Read More: Could Brummie bonds fund house building?
A thoughtful appraisal of localism by Ekklesia’s staff writers was brought to our attention by James Robertson’s December newsletter. To read it in full click on this link.
A new research project, Localism Watch, examines the impact of the coalition government’s ‘localism’ initiatives, which they say have helped to privatise local services, weaken local . . . → Read More: Is the term ‘localism’ used by government to promote outcomes that contradict its original meaning?
George Monbiot suggests that it is time for a government commission on post-growth economics which would invite contributions from those already investigating the possibility of moving towards a steady state economy: one that seeks distribution rather than blind expansion; that does not demand infinite growth on a finite planet.
Localise West Midlands is dedicated . . . → Read More: A different economic model: 2 – a constant, stable,‘steady state’ economy
“We hate to have laws made for us at a distance. We wish people would allow us to right ourselves, instead of continually meddling, with their imperfect legislation.
“We stand up for self-government and oppose centralization”.
‘North and South’, Elizabeth Gaskell.
The sheer size of the city was brought home to the writer who accidentally travelled the 49’s circuitous bus route which crossed many city wards. With the exception of glossy Longbridge – a ‘revolution in regeneration’ – it was clear that there was a great deal to be done in several rather neglected and . . . → Read More: Localise Birmingham? A lead from India
Andrew Lydon writes that, over the last year, probably the most radical proposal made by Labour leader Ed Miliband is about the Living Wage and Living Wage Zones:
“Living wage zones would work for everyone – the people who get decent pay, the employers who get a more committed workforce and the government that . . . → Read More: Calls for a living wage
Professor Richard Batley, University of Birmingham (School of Government and Society) writes in the FT: “Constitutional devolution, convincingly argued, could be attractive in England, as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland . . . Westminster seems not to appreciate that irritation at the centralisation of power and wealth in London is not confined . . . → Read More: True devolution? Has localism merely meant passing power to unelected micro-quangos?