Tag Archives: localism

Going for broke(n society)

Others have already proffered more complex analysis of the Osborne Budget that I can.  Few however can be more angry than I about what it will mean for large numbers of our fellow citizens.  You may be equally as appalled as … Continue reading

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Whoever heard of double devolution? ‘Big Society’ sounds better (but isn’t)

You may remember ‘double devolution'; but if you do it’s probably because you are a politically progressive activist.  Double devolution was the name given when Labour was in power by then Communities Secretary Hazel Blears, and her ministerial colleague Andrew … Continue reading

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Localism? Only when the Minister says so

The Minister for Housing and Local Government, Grant Shapps, has it seems stepped into the debate up in Liverpool about whether to demolish the early home of ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, where Starr lived for three months (the home he mostly grew up … Continue reading

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Local government in all its ‘former glory’…?

Local Government Minister Grant Shapps‘  letter in The Guardian today (17 December 2010) refers to the Government’s Localism Bill as a vehicle which ‘will restore local government to its former glory’, and thereby deliver the Big Society. But what sort … Continue reading

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