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Wednesday, March 15, 2006
The invisible hand of Scottish regeneration
Apparently Scots lack interest in regeneration. Well, I'm tempted to say, I can understand why. All those acronyms, meaningless quangos, complicated funding mechanisms, annoying consultants running all over the place. Who would want the dreaded R-word on their patch?

But seriously. Some professor of cities in Glasgow has criticised the Scottish establishment for not doing enough work in 'deprived areas'. ‘Scottish Enterprise will go on about people and business but places will fall down the agenda. Scottish Enterprise tends to view regeneration as a back door to welfare policy.’ The counterpost from Scottish Enterprise was that "We want to link disadvantaged areas to the growth agenda rather than tackling the problems of need in that community. The problems of deprived areas will not be solved in those areas." - which all seems sensible enough. And very Adam Smith too, at the risk of making a bad Scottish joke. Link up the poor to the bits that are 'growing' and they should all be able to get jobs as cleaners or something, right?

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