It was three years ago, in February 2006, when I heard David Cameron speak at the launch of Helena Kennedy's Power Enquiry report. His support of a Localist agenda then, I must be honest, won me over. For the past three years I have watched for every mention, every recognition, of a Localist manifesto emerging; it has popped its head up, buried in speeches, given various mentions, but never allowed out on its own. The mild slapping-down given to Dan Hannan and Douglas Carswell's 'Plan' was mildly discouraging. Today Cameron launches a major Localist policy initiative, with a short piece in the Guardian and an appearance on R4's 'Today' by Caroline Spelman.
Well, it's not 'Big Bang' Localism, but it's the nearest any party will get to it. And for that I applaud Cameron and lend him my full support.
I hope to constructively analise the policy paper as soon as I can, but there's an extra bounce in my step this morning.