Ben Rogers (son of Richard) has set up a new think tank, incubated by Demos, called Centre for London, just in time for the mayoral elections. I went along to a conference they organised with LSE on the Big Society, or rather the importance of the suburbs to the Big Society. Participants were mixed between those who think the suburbs will grow in importance (Laura Vaughan of UCL, who whilst on maternity leave discovered that her suburb of Borehamwood didn’t shut down while commuters head to work) and those who think outer London (particularly the East) is getting too much attention.
The event was testing theories ahead of next year’s elections. Contributions were interesting, but it was really an excuse to try to attach the topic du jour – Big Society – to what everyone credits for Boris having won the last election – focussing on outer London.