‘Rewilding’ the country’s economy is really all in the money

There is an interesting concept in an article by George Monbiot talking about ‘rewilding‘ British politics.

He starts by suggesting that training should be given in spotting fake news items as they do in Finland. I confess I used to think the Brits were far too cynical to believe in much of this stuff. I tend to consider that they still are – those that consume news on the internet at least, who, statistically are youthful, I’m pretty sure are sufficiently cynical. After all if we poll the election result by age, then the result would look like this:

With top left the result for 18-24 year olds. top right for 24-49 year olds, bottom left for 50-64 and bottom right for 65 – eternity…

The source is ElectionMapsUK .

We know the Conservatives lied on social media – and there is, of course, owing to outdated rules, very little comeback. But the overwhelming Labour vote from the young suggests this may not be as important as some suggest…

Still we ought to take on board Monbiot’s idea of rewilding, by which he means that, contrasting with central control, it would be better if ‘wild’ nature took control:

The much bigger change is this: to stop seeking to control people from the centre. At the moment, the political model for almost all parties is to drive change from the top down….. the best antidote to demagoguery is the opposite process: radical trust. To the greatest extent possible, parties and governments should trust communities to identify their own needs and make their own decisions.

I wholeheartedly agree, although for me, as ever, this is also an obvious clarion call for local currency. Money is all about power, and local currency would really give some obvious, direct, local and powerful control.

Comments

  1. Samuel Johnson -

    What’s that part of the neighbouring island doing on this map? And what happened to the bit of the UK that has been airbrushed out?

    The UK, after its demise, will be said to have struggled to see what was in front of its nose.

    1. Peter May -

      I’d suggest it’s simply that the Irish don’t have much opportunity to vote Labour or Conservative…

  2. Sean Danaher -

    I’ve seen similar US maps were there is a similar Democrat/Republican split. It does give me some hope for the future.

    Regarding Samuel’s point, it would be interesting to do an age analysis on NI, but I suspect a similar age pattern. SF and SDLP left of centre. Alliance centre (Lib Dem) and DUP/UUP right-wing/Tory.

    1. Peter May -

      Agreed. I’d be very surprised if it were diffferent…

  3. Andrew (Andy) Crow -

    “…..We know the Conservatives lied on social media…”

    FFS, Peter! Social media isn’t the problem here. The Tories lie on mainstream broadcast media. And they get away with it all the time.

    1. Peter May -

      Very true!

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