– By John Whitelegg
We are not doing very well in the UK on things that matter to most people. We are the 6th richest country in the world and yet we come very near the bottom of most rankings on things like child poverty, inequality, pensioner poverty, excess winter deaths, teenage pregnancy, NEETS, percentage of electricity generated from renewables, levels of cycling and quality of public transport. None of this is necessary and it is safe to assume that local and central government did not set out to achieve these poor quality outcomes. So what is going on?