These recommendations and many of the observations throughout
the report strike at the heart of the way we run our country.
I seek not to criticise those employed in those institutions, supported
by them or proud of their history. I seek their support to help create
and mould the institutions designed for tomorrow’s world.
Perversely, as global forces present challenges unimaginable to
earlier generations, it is to the empowerment of people as individuals
that we must look for a response. Global power must be challenged by
little battalions. Individuals leading great companies, public servants
of shining dedication, communities embracing the weak as well as the
strong, cities proud of and exploiting their strengths. Each of us in it
Where once a great navy defended our island fortress, the frontiers
of that fortress have been moved by technology to the iPhone and
laptop of each of us, beneficiaries of a worldwide communications
system that is transforming political accountability and democratic
institution. The most powerful artillery is no match for the
miniaturised terror weapons available to a single disaffected citizen.
The response is in our families, our schools, our communities, our
Only governments at all levels working in partnership with
communities and businesses can rise to the global threats of terror,
climate change, tax evasion and many others, but even they can
see that even the most powerful are powerless alone. We live in an
ever more interdependent world and, with wisdom, will support the
institutions that sustain it. Empowering England’s cities is imperative
to any vision of tomorrow.