We must ask the questions George Osborne (and most of his opponents) don’t: what kind of activity do we need in order to create a flourishing society, not just now but in 20 or 30 years’ time?
November 2011 - NewStart
Above all, the autumn statement reflects an impotence at the heart of national economic stewardship. It may be left to a strident local economic stewardship to forge new local economic destinies.
Putting money into the pockets of those who need it most is vital but these measures alone will not address the root causes of social injustice.
In this new political context, Taylor’s book becomes even more important. Her central thesis is that if we’re serious about fundamentally recasting power relationships, if we want ‘community’ to be a meaningful agenda with radical potential, then we all have to engage with its difficulties and paradoxes.
I welcome the government’s response to the youth unemployment problem but believe action should have been taken earlier. The coalition government scrapped FJF in June 2010, while the ‘youth contract’ will not begin until April 2012, a gap of almost two years.
Mr Pickles’ manipulation of finance can only be compared to those people who used to operate at fairs and markets with cups and balls… the reality of the immediate cuts required will mean that we will be providing a worse service, whether it is in adult social care or collecting the bins.
So my advice to you is to find the Terrys in your community. Listen to them and nurture their activism. To create tomorrow’s Britain, everyone needs to talk about Terry!
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