The Green Deal: why it has not taken off and what we can expect in the future

A “must read” from Phil Beardmore for all interested in Green Deal & Green New Deal: . http://birminghameastside.com/2014/03/25/green-deal-whats-wrong-and-future/

In this article – first posted on Birmingham Eastside – Phil Beardmore describes why the Green Deal scheme has not taken off and what we can expect in the future.

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Political and economic devolution

The vision of Birmingham’s council leader

The prospect of a powerful city region level of government administering economic development, transport, skills and housing across the West Midlands has been raised by city council leader Sir Albert Bore, who used his annual budget speech to set out his vision of a “new . . . → Read More: Political and economic devolution

Regional government in the Midlands – a historical precedent

Fleetwood’s Ken Palmerton (co-founder of the Institute for Rational Economics) responds to the last post: “Why not the Midlands indeed! Mercia, under Earl Leofric and his tax cutting wife Godiva, was a viable entity, why not now?”

A search revealed that the Midlands of England, Mercia, included much of south Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire . . . → Read More: Regional government in the Midlands – a historical precedent

The social cost of our food supply chains – inefficient and unfairly traded

“Food supply chains in Europe are extraordinarily long and complex, involving multiple food business entities and opaque corporate structural engineering, which increases the difficulty for adequate inspection and regulation, and opens the door for fraud and criminal activity. It makes it difficult to work out who is responsible for what, and who’s to blame . . . → Read More: The social cost of our food supply chains – inefficient and unfairly traded

George Morran – thanks for your long stint as LWM vice-chair

Just a quick post by way of recognition and thanks to one of our key founder members. George Morran, who has been vice-chair of Localise West Midlands since 2007, has stepped down from that role – though I’m glad to say is continuing to be a member of our board.

George has deputised effectively . . . → Read More: George Morran – thanks for your long stint as LWM vice-chair

If the solution is not a Green New Deal then what is it?

 

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?

Is ‘disintegrated localism’ part of a hidden agenda?

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?

Would you sign this Charter if the NFU and government rethink their GMO and food export drives?

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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?

The FSA, who let the banks run riot for years, promptly step in and block a community bank

Discontent with the banks is rife, and on this site last year we reported that in Burnley, a former cotton town, among the country’s most deprived, the Financial Times and other sources reported a citizen’s innovation: Colne businessman David Fishwick started his own lending institution to support a television show after becoming infuriated with . . . → Read More: The FSA, who let the banks run riot for years, promptly step in and block a community bank