David Boyle - Localism in the Thames GatewayPresentation Transcript
Understanding localism and the supplicant state Broadening the debate David Boyle, new economics foundation 9 December 2010
Why only two cheers for Localism Bill?
Whitehall is still centralist. Our political language is centralist.
Local decisions are not enough.
Localism? “Department for Transport is reviewing the policy on traffic signs and will issue new advice on how to cut down on the clutter later this year.” BBC 26 August 2010
Missing aspects of localism
How to give back power and initiative to public service staff.
How to make public services more human scale.
How to hand more responsibility to service users for delivering broader services, to make real change possible.
How to localise economic power as well as political power.
Supplicants to Tesco “Developers are like urban Domestos. They destroy 99% of all known distinctiveness.” Hugh Pearman, Sunday Times
No localism without…
Tackling the semi-monopolies.
Local business decisions.
Number of banks per million people 170 (UK) 520 (Germany) 960 (France)
Proposition 1 It isn’t how much money you have going into an area that counts, it’s how you use it.
Money flows in
Money flows out again Knowlsey study (2001): only 8% stays put Cornwall study (2001): £1 in supermarket = £1.40 £1 in veggie box = £2.50
Prince Charles circulating money
Dependence and independence
The circulation of blood
Proposition 2 Not all economic resources are monetary.
BizFizz network map
Keeping the money flowing
Plugging the leaks
Proposition 3 Innovative local institutions matter.
The new co-operatives that employ local people.
Redirecting the spending power of the local hospital to launch them and underpin them.
Avoiding supplicant status “Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.” George Bernard Shaw
… local pride
Find out more… New Economics Foundation www.neweconomics.org Plugging the leaks www.pluggingtheleaks.org.uk Local money flows www.lm3.org.uk BizFizzwww.bizfizz.org.uk Evergreen www.evergreencoop.com Louisville business alliancewww.keeplouisvilleweird.com