Mending a shattered society
- 22 October 2019
- Posted by: Helen Nicol
- Category: News
Writing in the MJ, Donna Hall CBE, chair of the New Local Government Network and Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, warns us of the dangers of a totalitarian state, and makes a passionate call for elected officials and officers to shift “from their familiar comfort zone” to embrace “new and more courageous models of governance”.
In Scotland, a place that has experienced this division even more starkly since the referendum, citizens’ assemblies are being rolled out to help to reconnect local political structures with the people. We have to trial and test new and exciting models of democracy such as this to re-engage a fed up public that has lost faith in our traditional models.
She believes that “Local government has an increasingly critical role to play in such divided and divisive times if we are to void further fragmentation.”, and recommends 2 reports from the New Local Government Network which consider “a new community model” as a possible solution.
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