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localism – What You Can Get Away With

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Hopefully for the last time: Eric Pickles fails to understand localism

Over the past few years Eric Pickles and his strange contradictory definition of localism – where councils get to locally decide whether they agree with him totally or wholeheartedly – have provided many posts for this blog and I may feel momentarily sad…

Tory housing policy ditches the Big Society and commits to anti-localism

Back in 2010, the Tories made a big play of how they would transform the country through localism and the Big Society. Localism would free communities from the dead hand of Whitehall controlling everything, while the Big Society would encourage a new era…

Russell and liberalism 2: Pluralism and power

(This is the second in a series of posts looking in depth at issues from Conrad Russell’s An Intelligent Person’s Guide To Liberalism. The first post in the series is here and my original post on the book is here. Russell uses his…

Liberated localism

I can’t remember if I mentioned it at the time, but I’ve had my first article appear in Liberator magazine this year. It’s called ‘The Failure of Localism’ and you can read it – along with the rest of the issue it’s in…

Do Tories understand the meaning of ‘localism’?

Two interesting stories from recent weeks that show what a couple of Secretaries of State think of it: From last month, Michael Gove wants more powers to change how schools are run, to stop people having their say over what happens to their…

Here comes Tammany Hall on your High Street

My dictionary’s had an update. It now says that ‘localism’ is defined as ‘giving people things they do not want; forcing them into changes they do not need’. Yes, ‘executive mayors’ are back, even though just about no one outside of the DCLG…

Localism thrown into the bin

Remember localism? That grand idea that Government ought to stop interfering in the business of local councils and let them run services the way they thought would be best for their residents. If you don’t, don’t worry. Turns out the Government – or…

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