Rebuild the local economy: prioritise labour-intensive sectors, difficult to automate, impossible to relocate abroad

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economics, Economy, Employment, Finance, Green New Deal, Local economies, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Renewable energy, Transition

Colin Hines, co-founder of LWM and convenor of the UK Green New Deal Group, comments on the Guardian’s recent editorial on productivity and robots which ‘repeated the cliché that automation does cost jobs, but more are created’. He says that the problem with this is that the new jobs are frequently in different places from where they are lost and […]

General Electric says: “We will localise”

Posted Posted in Economy, Export-led growth, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Reports, Transition

  Last year came three reports on the downturn in global trade: From the container industry: Søren Skou, chief executive of the Maersk Line, which carries goods and products between Asia, Europe, the US, Africa and Latin America and is now described as the only profitable freight line. In a report from the Centre for Economic Policy Research: theslowdown in […]

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

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Economy, Environment, EU, Export-led growth, Food, Globalisation, Government, Import substitution, Planning, Politics, Procurement, Transition, Transport

. 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 would run out if everything produced in a year […]

City politics: unrest should be seen as a wake-up call

Posted Posted in Local government, Planning, Politics, Poverty, Protest

John Rossant is chairman of the New Cities Foundation and President of PublicisLive, which has been producing the World Economic Forum in Davos since 1995. Two days after the event, failing to mention the 4000 people gathered in London for the People’s Assembly, John Rossant points to a ‘common thread’ running through the Arab uprisings and Occupy Wall Street, the […]