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Trusting ourselves, trusting each other

We have been saying this, and so have people wiser than we, but it is interesting to see it put into a column by Charles Moore. His political judgements aside -

. . .after more than 10 years of Labour, people inhabit two worlds.

They live in an unprecedentedly connected universe, in which they can choose a holiday, complete with car hire, maps, flights, hotels, in half an hour on the internet. But they might not be able to choose the right school for their child.

They can have their cat treated for a sore foot whenever they want, but they might have to wait a year for their own hip operation. From their living room, they can share expertise about, say, diabetes, with fellow sufferers in Sydney or Vancouver, but they can't find a policeman to stop petty crime down the road.

These disjunctions are now very extreme, and they make people angry.

It does not have to be this way. Just as we discovered, in the 1980s, that the state did not have to decree who has what telephone when, so we can discover something similar in the social sphere today.

Why would the state know more about how your child should learn English or get off drugs or into a real job than the people - teachers, voluntary groups and so on - who actually know and care about these things?

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