Electoral reform – now! and the stock market as an inverse indicator of progressive activity

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I did wonder if the world (or this corner of it) really needs another commentator on the election right now, but surely it must be worth any progressive organisation adding its voice to the call for electoral reform as this huge opportunity arises.  In answer to the Conservative claim that Labour have lost their right to govern, I’d say so […]

Who's afraid of democracy? – from Avaaz

Posted Posted in Politics

If like me you’re sick of hung parliament scaremongering, you may like the following from Avaaz… Karen With the election contest hotting up, there is now a real chance that no one party will get an overall majority in Parliament. Polling suggests that given the choices, most of the public would prefer this outcome. But scaremongering by the tabloid media […]

Will the local economy movement and the 'climate movement' converge?

Posted Posted in Economy, Trade

One of many organisations promoting locally based alternatives known to LWM is the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) – a non-profit organisation, Seen today on its events site:  Will the local economy movement replace the ‘climate movement’?   Extract:  As one of the clearest voices to emerge since the inception of the climate movement, 350.org brought hard science to the masses and […]

No fun at the airport…

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The volcanic ash saga gives us a taste of what things will be like if we don’t develop markets and aviation policies fit for the 21st century. The Birmingham Post’s editorial this week criticised Birmingham Friends of the Earth, for pointing out that whilst inconvenient for many, the volcanic ash saga has at least resulted in a huge reduction in greenhouse gas emissions […]

A refreshing take on the cost of 'efficiency' – public debt as investment

Posted Posted in Economy, Politics

Back in November I wrote on our website about the Trades Unions Council conference I attended for LWM at which, to the frustration of the audience and speakers, the Labour minister and MP present seemed entirely unable to address the relevance of intelligent public spending (debt as investment) to alleviate recession and generate economic prosperity. As we progress towards the election, it is increasingly and depressingly clear […]

Where is Mark Kinzley now? LWM would like to hear from him.

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economy, Education, Trade

Some years ago, Devolve’s Mark Kinzley wrote about the devolution of the economy:   “The globalised economy is the export and import of products across the planet and between regions within the same nation-state. Its values are ‘economies of scale’ and ‘the principle of comparative advantage’: that each region should concentrate on producing those things that it is ‘best at’ and […]

LWM is now blogging…

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Hello from Localise West Midlands, the small thinktank, campaign group and consultancy promoting a localised approach to trade, money flow and decision-making for a more just and sustainable society. If you don’t know us yet, see our website www.localisewestmidlands.org.uk. Now we have joined the 21st century and acquired a blog, we hope to have various members of our steering group […]

Report back from TUC Beyond Crisis conference November 2009

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Report in brief from TUC “Beyond Crisis” conference 16th November 2009 The TUC conference “Beyond Crisis: A Progressive Future for the UK Economy” was a slightly split-personality event, as if its organisers and speakers could be divided into two sets of people who had very different ideas of how much ‘rethinking’ the economy really needed. Some speakers and audience members […]