Published: 5th Mar 2014

The article in last month’s Observer by Gavin Kelly describing the grassroots movement in Seatac, USA, that set a minimum wage of $15 an hour to abolish in-work poverty is an inspiration to everyone involved in the Living Wage campaign in the UK.  In an era of corporate dominance it shows the power that lies within communities to take control of their own destinies. However, the noble achievements of the campaigners in Seatac and other towns and cities in the US does raise significant questions about the over-centralised system of government here and wider questions of democracy more generally. The fundamental question is, if towns and cities in the USA have the power to set their own higher minimum wage rates, should we be afforded the same power here? The answer to this question I believe is a resounding YES.  People retain an interest and passion for local politics but … (To read the full article, subscribe below)