No examination of the exciting currents in the society - waste of time.
Did you actually take the time to read the article and digest it Ironside? Mmmm..... I think not. From experience, it is easy to spot when the student is cutting his homework:)
These community groups have had to battle local dictatorships, general apathy, and scavenging "businessmen" dressed up as local figures,for years. Now people are realising that they can complain, can organise and deliver petitions, can set up fundraising, and have a real voice on some of the action delivery that affects them, the local ratepayer. Most countries have constant public hearings, where the local populace fill the town hall to debate - but only 80 years ago people were being herded into the same and the building set alight. Only now are the new generation realising there is real power in community action - and you want to blather about a "supposed "smoke-screen"? Easy for you to be negative, as per - when you contribute nothing yourself to your self-professed homeland"
. Of course, the local mayor needs to be a good egg too.We only have to travel to towns such as Bielsko and Gdansk, to see that one of the two is doing it right - and the other has major economic and social problems.