Perhaps, against all the odds, we will find a way of muddling through and preserve our broad church for a time after the era of Brexit has passed.
Posts Tagged: Localism
It should be easier to call local referendums in the UK. Politics is too important to be left to the politicians.
George Freeman: There was much to cheer in the Budget. But now we need an inspiring programme for growth.
At the moment, we are treading water and appear to be relying on popular support for Brexit, and the threat of Corbyn, to keep us in office.
Rather than being encouraged to maintain village halls and public lavatories, too often community efforts have been penalised by the tax system.
For councils – unlike others in the public sector – austerity has been real. It is ending. But planning powers are being diminished.
Meeting many of the global challenges depends on local action. We must to share best-practices and ideas.
Labour’s Regional Development Agencies were a failure. But the successor bodies are proving much more effective.
More statutory activities are being forced on local authorities – without the extra money to pay for them.
Both the type and quantity of migration that is desirable would be better decided at a more local level.
Rebecca Lowe: Nationalisation. Ask not only: would the state do it better? But also – should it be involved at all?
It was darkly funny to see Labour MPs claiming that nationalisation could fix signals failures when track infrastructure is owned and controlled by the state.
Tony Hockley: Taking back control of agriculture must mean empowering local communities, not Whitehall
In the New Forest, where I live, a local system of consent maintains a fragile balance. Gove’s Agriculture Bill must not replace the CAP with another threat.
They can serve as living proof that politicians are public-spirited individuals who wish to drive positive change for their communities.
Jessica Studdert: Our national politics is broken. Renewal after Brexit needs to be built from the ground up.
“Taking back control” must also allow pioneering solutions to be tried out in local communities. Democracy is a process, not an event.
Ideas and vision are necessary, but they are not sufficient. People need to see results and to achieve them they need to take part.
Disillusionment, anger, reduced turnout, a body blow to future social reform, and a possible boost to extremists are all potential consequences.