He says: "Experience indicated that there are some things only government can do to drive growth in the economy. It must do those relentlessly, and to the very highest standards set around the world. There are many areas where government should stand aside completely. But in the vast majority of cases we will only get the very best results for our economy if government, the business community and local leaders exploit their skills and resources in partnership". (My italics)
At last! We finally have a clear understanding that places matter. "Besides neutering local leadership, the monopoly of Whitehall is dysfunctional on two counts. First, too many decisions are taken in London without a real understanding of the particular, and differing, circumstances of the communities affected. And second, with responsibilities divided up between policy departments, no one in government is tasked to look holistically at the full range of issues facing a particular area. Whitehall continues to approach these issues from the individual policy priorities of different departments, as if economic issues can be addressed effectively in a placeless vacuum."
Taking the best lessons from the past. Shaping a framework that will work. Sticking to that. And avoiding piecemeal initiatives. Sounds like a recipe for success to me. We love it.