They aim to work for the common good, rather than focussing on furthering the interests of the most fortunate.
On this site alone at least seventeen articles have highlighted the public-spirited mindset of John Clancy, dating back to 2012.
More low key – only ten references on this site – but earning recognition in local government, transition and regeneration circles, is the work of Localise West Midlands, co-ordinated and upheld by Karen Leach – eight references since 2003. Its most notable work, supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, may be seen here: http://localisingprosperity.org.uk/.
As news of the London attacks by a 19 year old broke this morning, I read an article sent recently by a Norfolk reader. It came from the late lamented Stirrer, now archived by the Birmingham Press.
Headed: IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID, it reflected on “the knife and gun crimes which have become endemic in our inner cities” it continued:
“The latest spate of violence committed by the young against the young was described in a recent broadcast as ‘casual, murderous violence’. David Cameron said it was due to family breakdown and a Labour minister placed the blame on community breakdown.
“These verdicts delivered from ‘on high’ seem to condemn society in general. Apart from a few soundbites and strategy announcements the situation is not addressed and gets worse.
“In fact those at the top of the financial, political, commercial, industrial trees have created and applauded an economic system which led to gradual changes in society after the Second World War – when incomes and living standards were far lower, but so too was violent crime”.
After describing those changes, which have left about 10% of people in this country without a respected place in it, the article continued:
“Our youngsters are growing up in a world which has no use or place for them unless their academic attainment reaches a certain level. Whereas earlier few of the poor and unemployed turned to crime, television now repeatedly imprints on young hearts and minds images of an expensive, status-offering ‘good life’, which they cannot hope to get by legal means.
“How many of us, growing up with such lack of hope for the future, would resist the temptation to escape into a drug-soothed world or to take what we cannot earn?”
Some will feel anger, rather than depression – new economics could offer all a far better life:
Individuals like John Clancy and Karen Leach – and many others working for the common good in the city (see recent unifying action by Richard Tetlow) – should be given every support in their work to end the cycles of deprivation-related violence by building a more prosperous and harmonious city.