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Imported energy inflation and how to staunch it – Alternative inflation report

Our main concern this month is how the UK can deal with the inflationary impetus we are suffering because of...
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Reduce ecological footprint, increase human well-being by shifting towards localised economies?

Last night the writer tried to play a DVD, The Economics of Happiness, sent by its co-producer Helena Norberg-Hodge. For the...
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Beggar thy neighbour with corporation tax wars

When we bailed out Ireland in November Osborne described the country as a 'friend in need'.  I assume in his...
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The comparative security of a localised supply chain

On March 15th in the Financial Times Gillian Tett pointed out the vulnerability of global supply chains: “[B]efore 2007, bankers...
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Another ‘angle’ on High Speed 2

George Morran, LWM’s vice-chair, looks at the economic and political issues raised by High Speed 2:   Economically the proposal is...
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Faringdon Action Plan

Arch-localiser Julian Rose, who developed his farm as a mixed organic enterprise selling all its main produce locally, while refusing...
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Our mythical low interest rates – Alternative Inflation Report

Interest rates paid by UK households are however, already some of the highest in Europe. Despite all the talk of...
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Local sourcing: of ingredients, people and equipment

In Moseley, Holly and Brad have set up an independent small business where:  *standards will not be lowered  *inferior ingredients...
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Gap analysis – a missing link in economic development?

I recall someone from the Eden Project telling a meeting I attended last year "Cornwall has plenty of wheat farmers...
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High Speed Rail 2

There are many troubling aspects of the High Speed Rail 2 proposal, now the subject of a public consultation. Hundreds of...
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Life Satisfaction And Commuting Time Are Related Shock…

I got the little graph below from a Mark Easton BBC blog post, but felt it was worth a LWM...
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We need a Groceries Code adjudicator – now, not in 2014

To me, the Coalition partners' promises to introduce a Groceries Code Adjudicator aren't really fulfilled if the requisite legislation is...
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Local food markets – 2

The last post referred to the latest Bloxwich scheme which aims to help to foster local supply chains and promote...
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Bloxwich local food market proposed – via ThinkWalsall

We recently heard about this excellent local food market proposal in Bloxwich, through Dan Carins at the equally excellent Think...
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A ‘humane, progressive alternative to free trade’

NFU President rejects increasing dependence on imports The National Farmers Union [NFU] President, Peter Kendall, is approaching the position advocated...
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Today the forests, tomorrow high speed rail 2?

Some of the negative trends reported in the manufacturing and resources section of LWM’s overview, Extending Localisation, focus on transport: ...
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Last call to influence national planning policy – by 28 Feb

I'd urge anyone who realise how important planning is to the success or failure of sustainable development, to respond to...
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Alternative inflation report – coping with an inflationary global economy

This current spiral in food and resource prices is international, and it this international spiral that has taken off. So...
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Deliberative democracy

Input from senior diplomat Carne Ross: extract from FT letter: "The necessary institutions of representative democracy – government, courts, civil...
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Towards smaller government, responding more effectively to local needs

In January last year LWM’s  board member, George Morran, wrote to the Birmingham Post:  “. . . Westminster and Whitehall...
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