Transcript of "David Boyle - Localism in the Thames Gateway"
Understanding localism and <br />the supplicant state<br />Broadening the debate<br />David Boyle, new economics foundation<br />9 December 2010<br />
Why only two cheers for Localism Bill?<br /><ul><li>Whitehall is still centralist. Our political language is centralist.
Local decisions are not enough.</li></li></ul><li>Localism?<br />“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<br />
Missing aspects of localism<br /><ul><li>How to give back power and initiative to public service staff.
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. </li></li></ul><li>Supplicants to Tesco<br />“Developers are like urban Domestos. They destroy 99% of all known distinctiveness.” Hugh Pearman, Sunday Times<br />
No localism without…<br /><ul><li>Tackling the semi-monopolies.
Evergreen principles<br /><ul><li>The new co-operatives that employ local people.
Redirecting the spending power of the local hospital to launch them and underpin them.</li></li></ul><li>Avoiding supplicant status<br />“Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.” George Bernard Shaw<br />