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The Portas Review, is a simple, action focussed, ‘new season’ type shopping list. However, fettered by its high street focus, and it only sees part of the story. It fails to adequately explore the high street in relation to wider systemic issues as regards local economies, planning and the environment and the changing wider function of cities and towns.
Speirs Lock is a vision of what is possible with a little imagination and belief. It is a vision of a different type of economy. One that still produces jobs and new businesses, still relies on traditional skills and still demands hard work.
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?
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!