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Nine signposts towards Our Society

December 12, 2010 by


Yesterday evening I was at a community centre in Cheetham Hill, north Manchester, taking part in an event on the Big Society and equality. It can be quite difficult at such gatherings to offer a constructive critique of the Big Society idea – you are speaking to people who may be about to lose their jobs […]

What place for protest in a big society?

December 6, 2010 by


When David Cameron launched his vision of a Big Society back in March and again in July, it’s fairly safe to assume he didn’t think its torchbearers would be crowds of protesting students. Yet he and his courtiers should take a close look at the activists who are starting to oppose his policies, because they […]

Don’t Wait for Permission

October 30, 2010 by


The Big Society continues to be a subject for debate and controversy. Surely we should all have worked out what it means by now? But still, the debates rage on. What is becoming clearer is that the Big Society is not a programme, it is a way of operating. And one of the consequences of […]