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"It shouldn't be called a localism bill...it's a centralism bill, because it contains so many powers conferred on the secretary of state...to interfere in local affairs." George Jones, Professor of Local Government, London School of Economics in evidence to the committee of MP's scrutinising the localism bill before Easter.
"The law doth punish man or woman Who steals the goose from off the common But lets the greater felon loose Who steals the common from the goose" 18th Centruy Anti-Enclosure saying
"Only a crisis - actual or perceived - produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable." Milton Friedman
"Despite their emotional association with nature, ornamental horticulture and traditional landscape design contribute to resource depletion and simply provide a cosmetic cover over the disharmony and unsustainability of industria
l determined environments."
David Holmgren, Permaculture co-founder
"Only when the last tree has died,
and the last river has been poisoned,
and the last fish has been caught,
will we realise that we can not eat money."
Anonymous 19th Century Cree Indian
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves and under a just god cannot long retain it.” Abraham Lincoln
“Humans are capable of a unique trick, creating realities by first imagining them, by experiencing them in their minds. …As soon as we sense the possibility of a more desirable world, we begin behaving differently, as though that world is starting to come into existence, as though, in our mind’s eye, we are already there. The dream becomes an invisible force which pulls us forward. By this process it begins to come true. The act of imagining somehow makes it real… And what is possible in art becomes thinkable in life”.