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David Cameron’s long-awaited speech on Europe made some good points about the EU’s current crisis of legitimacy and the imperative to reconnect the European project to its citizens.
Today the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, also known as the Social Value Act, which I introduced over two and a half years ago, will be officially implemented across public sector bodies including NHS Trusts, local authorities and central government departments.
Theme: Engagement & Participation Linda Epstein (17) talks to David Blunkett MP about engagement, citizenship programs and how politicians can connect with young people more effectively.
Theme: Authorities & Institutions Vicky Caswell (21) asks Kate Green MP to identify some of the reasons why some young people feel disengaged from the political process and the institutions that govern their lives.
Recently, in the Conservative Party, there have been a slew of speeches, pamphlets and exhortations arguing to extend the ‘modernising’ project if the party is to stay in power.
Panel debate featuring ResPublica’s Phillip Blond at HowTheLightGetsIn Festival 2012.
Britain’s financial services sector is our single most successful industry. It is our biggest exporter – providing the foreign currency we need to pay for other imports; it contributes one in every eight pounds of the taxes that pay for our public services; and it employs (directly and in related businesses) over two million people: not only in the City of London – but all over the United Kingdom.
David Cameron’s speech has generated much the expected reaction. Domestically those on the Conservative right who hate Europe have welcomed the offer of an in/out referendum as giving them the chance to finally escape a continental union they despise, while those on the left decry Cameron for his reckless disregard of UK national interests and his betrayal of a vital pillar of social democracy.
Politics is polar – left versus right; liberal versus authoritarian; europhile versus eurosceptic. But out in the real world, and to the frequent bewilderment of the political class, most people decline to conform to the archetypes that others invent for them.
The Chancellor’s recent Autumn Statement re-asserted that there are tough times ahead, of which downgraded growth projections, ongoing austerity measures and a cut to work-related benefits are just a few indications.
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