Sunday, 1 June 2008

Milburn needs to kill Brown first

This blog has always unashamedly promoted Localism and the retreat of the centralist Big State as the most crucial political reform. Cameron has been making the right encouraging noises, but has put nothing substantial on the table as yet. With Brown retreating not an inch from his commitment to a Leviathan state that overrides families, communities and intermediate institutions, Cameron really doesn't have to be too radical.

However, Milburn writes in the Times today:
Local services, such as the police and NHS, should be directly elected. And local communities should be positively helped to run local schools, housing estates and childcare centres.

These policy priorities go well beyond the new Labour agenda of 1997. They go with the spirit of the times. In a more insecure world, where citizens are more informed, people want to exercise far greater power both in their own right and in their communities.

This is the zeitgeist. It is about empowering citizens and communities so they can realise their own aspirations to progress. It contains a redefined relationship between state and citizen in which government controls less but empowers more.
It's not a bad start. But Brown certainly isn't the man to develop a Labour renewal based on Localism - the concept is anathema to every fibre of his purblind presbyterian soul.

2 comments:

Kinderling said...

Ayn Rand in 1959 could see the demise of America thru the Socialist deception of Altruism that you will end up paying for everyone else.

What a wonderful woman giving you the gift of being a free person. What a visionary of her time (but then she had seen Socialism in Russia first hand in the 1920s. If she were alive today she might have seen Britain's population at the same stage of capitulation, a demoralized British People, before a dictatorship of Soviet-style Politicians).

Ayn observed that Collective States had more horrors of ethnic racism simply because people no longer saw themselves as individuals.

In a world with Altruism, sacrifice of self for another's right, you have the seeds of being ruled by that person and all persons you do good for. They will get you to do it again... permanently.

There is so much of her ideas to enjoy. So much of the West is causing us to live in the financial slavery of Collectivism where the light will go out to bother to create anything. Just working for the corporation.

Anonymous said...

I would not expect DC to put anything on the table, as the Liebours would just seal it.