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Story telling might lead to economic revolution

It is extraordinary how compartmentalised everything is – especially when we are campaigning in local elections.

We, few of us, who know a little about the way public responsibilities are demarcated between different layers of government, have a kind of sense of corrosive superiority as we expect campaigners to demand the right reform from the right level.

But partly this is just a function of sclerotic centralisation. The Treasury has a crushing monopoly on economic policy because, well – it always has.

Partly because of that, and because there is almost no local economic data collected about where money flows (the exception is bank lending to postal district level, forced on the banks by Lib Dem peers in 2012) – Whitehall doesn’t see the economic innovations at local level.

And in particular, they don’t see the emergence of a new generation of local entrepreneurs who are no longer prepared to wait patiently for the Chinese to invest or the government to give them a grant – and are trying to transform their local economies a bite at a time.

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Opinion: You’re not from round here are you?

Some rights reserved by ztephenWas “local”, I wonder, the most overused word in the Eastleigh by-election? Of all the terms in the Lib Dem lexicon “local” is surely our favourite.

A few years ago when the party had one of its periodic embarrassments, it looked like there would have to be a by-election in Winchester. I had a week-old baby at the time and was barely out of hospital when the phone calls started – “Why don’t you stand?”, “Hampshire bred”, “You got a great result in the next

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  • User Avatarfrankie 27th Feb - 8:03pm
    I think your headline should be "Demagogues and the Bemused" One appeals to the baser side of us, the others don't know what to appeal...
  • User AvatarConnair Russell 27th Feb - 6:36pm
    Has public support lapsed? In 2015 only around 10% of the public wanted to keep the current system. The problem isn't the public, it's our...
  • User Avatartheakes 27th Feb - 6:23pm
    David Evans: yes that is what i meant down 28% our actual percentage vote, sorry i did not make that clearer. I fully endorse your...
  • User AvatarAndrew McCaig 27th Feb - 6:13pm
    Anyone who wants to see what normally happens when a by-election is perceived as a two horse race with us as an also ran should...
  • User AvatarDavid Evershed 27th Feb - 6:11pm
    Callum - You explain that it is bad lending decisions due to the failure of baks to pay a price which is the problem to...
  • User AvatarMichael BG 27th Feb - 6:02pm
    @ Callum Gurr and PSI The word limit on articles is often exceeded. I suppose it depends on who is the daily editor on how...