The following is the text of an article I wrote for the Local Government Information Unit‘s C’llr magazine as part of their Big Society edition: The Big Society’s greatest strength is that no-one actually knows what it is, possibly not even the Prime Minister whose stroke of genius was to create a concept so vague, but so obviously ‘good’, that almost anyone can support it.
I spent yesterday morning out with the police and trading standards as part of the national day of action for Operation Liberal.
I spent a good chunk of yesterday at the National Worklessness Advisory Panel (which reminded that I’d not done the usual post about JSA figures in Wandsworth).
It has always puzzled me how local democracy, while incredibly important to everyone’s day-to-day lives barely impinges on people’s consciousness.
I’m currently doing some work in a local authority elsewhere in the country, hopefully helping them improve their (already good) community safety function.