Author Archives: Jake Perkins

Radical doesn’t have to be big

I am of the firm belief that we as a party must be radical– this is because we have to fight twice as hard, to get half as much press as the Conservatives and Labour. A great example of this was Layla Moran’s pledge to scrap SATs and OFSTED in 2018 which received very little press compared to Labour’s pledge to scrap SATs over a year later in 2019.

But radical doesn’t necessarily mean big, expensive and time-consuming: little policies can have a huge impact. Obviously, there are some major radical policies that we should explore and implement when the Lib Dems are back in power – regional government, electoral reform, overhauling the public sector – but these are not the only radical policies we should pursue. Quite often wonderful, efficient and successful radical proposals can be found at the local level.

A great example of these sorts of policies is municipal Wi-Fi networks in city and town centres, as they can give ailing high streets a new lease of life. There is a reason why many shops offer free Wi-Fi to shoppers, to attract and bring them in; and, in theory, the principal could be translated to town centres. The more time people spend on the high street, typically the more that they end up spending, helping the local economy. These networks can be integrated into existing infrastructure, and working in partnership with companies and organisations, can make these projects cost-neutral or even profitable. These networks have already been set up in 13 UK cities, such as Edinburgh and Bristol, and there is no reason why these couldn’t be rolled out further as part of a local – or even a national – initiative to get Britain connected and breathe life into our high streets and town centres.

Posted in News | 11 Comments

Recent Comments

  • User AvatarJoseph Bourke 14th Jul - 11:54am
    Peter Martin, Looking after employment means introducing job guarantees at local authority/SEO/Charity level or similar support programs and maintaining public investment at levels at least...
  • User AvatarWilliam Wallace 14th Jul - 11:53am
    There's a major issue about governance and decision-making at the back of all this, too. Cummings and his team want to drive through their proposals...
  • User AvatarSteve Trevethan 14th Jul - 11:42am
    Perhaps only a continuation of public health policies of somewhere between ineptitude and deliberate damage? Might the lack of foresight and preparation shown by Excercise...
  • User AvatarInnocent Bystander 14th Jul - 11:42am
    But if you know comparing declared covid deaths between countries is flawed then it's pointless to compare them. I have never taken any notice of...
  • User AvatarKay Kirkham 14th Jul - 11:40am
    The state pension in the UK is poor by comparison to other countries. One of the reasons for the triple lock in the first place...
  • User AvatarDavid Garlick 14th Jul - 10:52am
    Item was response to a measure that proposes cutting off one existing supply of care workers whilst offering nothing to bring forward the 'young people'...