Tuesday, 26 January 2010

0.1% Growth?

The fixing of Broken Britain can only be done piece by piece and that means street by street. As far as I am concerned, investment in socio-environmental projects at the local level is going to be a main thrust of the economic/social recovery. SME's (Small and medium sized business) will play a pivotal role in rebuilding the neglected parts of Britain which fell through the cracks during macro-economic reforms of the 80's, 90's and 00's. A renaissance of local society is intrinsic to solving social and economic problems and that means the further development of the socio-environmental sector .

I personally don't think we have reached the bottom yet of this 'correction'. This has already been the longest recession since the 2nd World War. I think it is more than a simple V shaped recession. I think this is the end of the road for the widening of the social inequalities that have arisen over the last 30 years. I think the way out of this recession is by closing that gap- by closing Britain's cracks and concentrating on development and improving our social and environmental conditions. In other words creating modern, free and open sustainable societies.
I hope so anyway.

Experiments have already begun. The Hackbridge Project is such an experiment and things are slowly but steadily getting off to a start.

1 comment:

TheDon said...

A well phrased and understandable article and makes sense even to an old timer like myself who has seen the the alternatives fail over and over again ,yes it is time for a change but not change for change sake but a complete and radical approach as you have expressed it is on a local effort not a grass root few, but a properly led and focussed vision is what is needed ,so those who are not apathetic and are eager to see a real difference step up to the plate.