Colin Hines, co-founder of Localise West Midlands, sends news of a report advancing a much-needed debate about how to move the UK out of the counterproductive politics of austerity and into the age of the Green New Deal.
He sees this as a matter of the utmost urgency and thinks that if it . . . → Read More: If the solution is not a Green New Deal then what is it?
Alister Scott, Professor of Spatial Planning and Governance at Birmingham City University, asks:
In the Birmingham Post, Scott examined the localism ‘tablet’ , looking critically at Eric Pickles’ rhetoric, commenting: “there is something politically attractive in giving people the right to determine their future and shape the kinds of places . . . → Read More: Is ‘disintegrated localism’ part of a hidden agenda?
The National Farmers Union is urging the public to sign its charter and help to turn around a decline in self-sufficiency from 1991, when the country produced 75% of its own food, to the current production of 62%.
It states that today, August 14, is the day British food supplies . . . → Read More: Would you sign this Charter if the NFU and government rethink their GMO and food export drives?
George Morran, LWM’s vice-chairman, writes:
Devolution for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has brought greater proximity and therefore ownership of decision-making to those communities.
Increasingly different approaches to public policy have developed, reflecting local circumstances and aspirations, rather than Westminster and Whitehall’s one approach fits all – in particular the interests of those . . . → Read More: George Morran: Why Regional Government?
In the FT today, James Skinner, chairman emeritus of the New Economics Foundation, asks fundamentally important questions about a stance often adopted by politicians with an interest in supporting multinational business. .
He was prompted to do so by a recent FT editorial “A better plan for London airports”, which cited the . . . → Read More: At a time of ‘austerity’ for so many, are there more beneficial uses for taxpayers’ money than mega airports and HS2?
As a search of medical abstracts reveals advice that there should be zero tolerance of bute residues, the 2002 Look to the Local report by former MEP Caroline Lucas, LWM co-founder Colin Hines and beef farmer Michael Hart (opposite) comes to mind.
It deplores farmers turning to export meat because supermarkets buy cheaper . . . → Read More: The advantages of a regional food supply chain, advocated in the light of the discovery of toxic phenylbutazone residues
Towns across the region have been feeling the effects of rising business rates with empty high street shops becoming a feature of Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Dudley and West Bromwich.
Some positive action has been taken: Wolverhampton has been making use of £100,000 of investment and support from ‘retail guru’ Mary Portas and this site . . . → Read More: The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement disappoints the region’s high street retailers
Andrew Lydon (WM New Economics Group and Localise West Midlands) has long stressed the vital importance of giving a fair return to savers in his presentations and the latest LWM blog:
Long before the Governor of the Bank of England claimed he heard that the big banks were rigging the now famous LIBOR, we . . . → Read More: An important recommendation from Andrew Lydon in Birmingham and Andrew Hilton in London