Big Bang Localism
In his new book, Big Bang Localism, Simon Jenkins proposes a radical decentralisation of government. With John Prescott’s European-inspired regionalism in tatters, Jenkins calls for a re-empowerment of the counties and cities to which people feel loyalty, with many services delegated further to municipalities and parishes. The current government talk the language of localism, but England has continued to be centralised. Giving people control over services would drive standards up, restoring faith in British democracy.