I spoke too soon. Regeneration isn’t dead. It’s been given the air-kiss of life by celebrities. In the past few months, we’ve had Mary Portas’ review of High Streets and the launch of the Transform Your Patch campaign with Robbie Savage and Denise Van Outen. David Cameron appointed Carol Vorderman as his ‘maths tsar’ to improve educational standards. Even Prince Charles felt compelled to draft in Kirsty Allsop to announce his plans for the future of Waterloo market. Next month, Philip Schofield will launch his BIS-sponsored review of construction skills and training provision in the midlands. Okay, I made the last one up. But all the others have been in the news and we’ll see more examples of celeb-regeneration as the old models and funding streams fade away. But is celeb-regeneration any better than what went before? There’s nothing wrong with celebrity involvement in a cause, especially when they know … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
John P. Houghton is a freelance public policy consultant.
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