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 […]

A strategic alternative: localised and labour-intensive food production

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, EU, Food, Globalisation, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Trade, Transition, Transport, Waste

LWM’s co-founder Colin Hines, in his latest book, Progressive Protectionism, asks: “In a sustainable system, would not each country aim to produce its own staple food? Surpluses and exotics could be exported, speculation in food by unproductive middlemen would be outlawed and vitally important food producers encouraged at every turn”. He notes that at present, the UK feeds only around […]

Quantitative easing to fund climate change programmes?

Posted Posted in Energy, Environment, EU, Finance, Government, Green New Deal, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Transition

Colin Hines, co-founder of Localise West Midlands and Richard Murphy, Professor of Practice in International Political Economy, City University, London, warn that the Paris Climate talks are facing an enormous funding problem to which there is only one viable solution. In a new report published by Finance for the Future, entitled ‘Climate QE For Paree’, they suggest that the measures […]

Local development as a strategic alternative in Fife

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economics, Economy, Energy, Environment, Export-led growth, Food, Globalisation, Government, Health, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Procurement, Regional economies, Retail, Sustainability, Transition, Transition Network

Once again many will question the dependence on a global market economy as headlines shout, “China’s ‘Black Monday’ sends markets reeling”. For months, in a range of publications, Mohamed El-Erian, who chairs President Obama’s Global Development Council, has been forecasting the risk of a ‘perfect storm’, adding that considering ‘its destructive potential, it warrants serious attention by policymakers’, though China […]

LWM co-founder: rebuild and rediversify economies

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Last September, Colin Hines, co-founder of LWM, gave the final address (link to pdf here) at the 20th Conference on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe, at the Sapienza University in Rome (Department of Statistics), organised by the EuroMemo Group and jointly hosted with Economia Civile. His conclusion: “A successful campaign to turn Treaty of Rome into a “treaty of home” would […]

Globalisation – the open trading system – is fragmenting

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, Employment, Environment, Export-led growth, Finance, Globalisation, Green Deal, Green New Deal, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Poverty, Procurement, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Sustainability, Trade, Transition

Philip Stephens, an associate editor, in the Financial Times: “Globalisation – the open trading system – is fragmenting; it needs an enforcer – a hegemon, a concert of powers or global governance arrangements”. Evidence: the collapse of the Doha, the demise of global free-trade agreements, and the emergence of regional coalitions and deals. The emerging economies are building south-south relationships […]

Relocalisation: an under reported issue in the French elections

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economics, Economy, Employment, Environment, EU, Export-led growth, Finance, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Tax, Trade, Transition

  In the French election, left wing socialist Jean-Luc Melenchon has stressed the need to relocalise Europe’s economy and to do so by limiting imports. This has brought Melenchon increased votes in a country where 70% of the population favour some form of protection for domestic production from cheaper, lower waged competitors. This French election trend prompts a call for […]

Rebuilding of local economies and local politics

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economics, Economy, EU, Globalisation, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Planning, Uncategorized

. It is fitting, as the last post paid tribute to LWM’s founding member George Morran, that this one takes up a theme related to the work George has undertaken for many years. LWM co-founder Colin Hines  recently wrote in response to Peter Wilby’s advice about creating: “. . . a fairer Britain with a better balance between the returns […]

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

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Finance, Government, Green New Deal, Local government, Manufacturing, Planning, Procurement, Transition

  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 isn’t introduced rapidly, we are likely […]

Compass calls for a National Plan: “The moment demands nothing less”.

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Finance, Green New Deal, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Reports

. Compass, an ideas and action based pressure group, is discussing alternatives to the Government’s economic ‘Plan A’, which isn’t working, with over 50,000 members and supporters around the country. Its original Plan B, one page summary here, includes elements advocated in the last post by LWM’s co-founder Colin Hines: “infrastructure programmes, such as more housing, making every building energy […]