I think this is a great article based on an interview given to Martin Reeves.  I think I would agree with all the points made.  The three that stand out the most are the hollowing out of our democracy in the long winter of austerity, using the wrong funding mechanisms such as business rates and the sector not speaking as one voice.    

I wonder if we are inadvertently creating a opportunity for populism and extremism to grow , not overnight but insidiously over a period of time,