A community veto against changing street names and destroying statues is not unreasonable.
Posts Tagged: Localism
Bill Bowkett: The pandemic has shown the value of localism. But the Government seems to be ignoring this lesson.
A hyper-localised approach means decisive action with local residents and businesses in mind.
The Government can do a lot in a short space of time. A key question should be: how do we make these towns nicer places to live?
The effectiveness of voluntary groups and social enterprises in responding to the pandemic shows their potential.
Bob Seely: Lessons from the Cummings era about leadership, decentralisation, localism – and making more use of MPs
Compare and contrast how government works with what the Armed Forces do – and their practice of decentralised command.
Ricky Bower: Some of the proposed planning reforms are welcome. But localism should not be sacrificed.
Blaming councils for delays is often unfair. Often the highways authorities delay providing the infrastructure needed.
As we are starting to see different restrictions apply in various parts of the country, we know from our experience to date that one size does not fit all.
Matthew Oakley: Levelling up. We need to measure it in order to deliver it – and know that it’s worked
The first report of a new commission finds that disparities are just as apparent within regions, cities and towns as they are between them.
There is a strong case that better targeting will be more effective and less harmful.
Gerard Dugdill: Anger persists over the loss of our traditional counties. Proper names and boundaries must be restored.
You wouldn’t want your name to be changed against your will, and nobody voted for their history to be rewritten by bureaucrats.
Capitalism adapts and we are the party of innovation and opportunity. The crisis has meant a return to the Big Society.
We should be asking ourselves what we want from local government in the future, particularly in light of the Covid-19 crisis.
Rupert Barnes: Councils don’t define our local sense – which comes from the inherited character of where we live
Changes in administrative boundaries are resisted because of suspicion that they are seeking to change our identity.
John Fuller: This pandemic has shown that bigger local government does not mean better local government
While national command and control sometimes stumbled, our district councils ensured that we could keep calm and carry on.
There can be benefits to democracy – and efficiency from reform. But change must come from below – not be imposed from the top.