Appalled by the effect of cuts on your community? But you want to improve public services, not defend them? I was speaking to one of Birmingham’s genuine social entrepreneurs yesterday. He was telling me about his experience of making his voice heard in relation to cuts in public services. The cuts are having a real [...]
If tradition held sway in the modern Conservative Party, then Chancellor George Osborne would already have been sacked. The man colleagues call ‘the submarine’ (for his supposed habit of surfacing only when it suits him) oversaw a Treasury so awash with leaks in the run up to the last Budget that the only question on [...]
You can tell a lot about a society and its politics by its architecture: conservative and re-assuring, or brutal and ‘new’. But where would a future historian look for the defining architecture of today and what would they find? Ambiguity? Lack of conviction? A growing feeling that both architecture and politics have grown irrelevant? If they looked harder, might they find architecture, of a different sort, that promises – for the first time in our history – the potential to build structures that will support genuine democracy at last?
The ‘No’ vote given to a Directly Elected Mayor in Birmingham on May 3 was reflected in most wards across the city. Only two – Ladywood and Edgbaston returned a majority of votes in favour. There were, however, significant differences across the city in terms of the percentage of voters in favour: ranging from nearly [...]
How to celebrate UN International Day of Non-Violence? Take a look at the life of Gandhi and what he said about the State and personal responsibility. Don’t look for Government actions – we should take power and responsibility for ourselves writes Chamberlain Forum Director, Paul Slatter.