"People sense that there is a crisis of community presence. Failure to be visible as residents, as occupiers of this territory, favours those who thrive on disorder, and it could be disastrous. The drugs problem is perceived as a wave ready to swamp their lives. So why are they left so abandoned, so unsupported by the services, when the most basic provision would make a huge difference?"Read the whole thing.
(the previous 'problem in a nutshell' is here)
Also, The Demos Greenhouse on The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer
"Local government can only get so far by listening and devolving... we also need to build authority by developing better politicians and a better kind of politics that gets beyond the town hall and its services."