27 Jul '11, 11am

The Big Society and Blue Labour share the same naivety about "communities" says Fayyaz Muneer

The Big Society and Blue Labour share the same naivety about "communities" says Fayyaz Muneer

But what of its supposed strengths, its emphasis on mutualism, organising from the bottom up and local communities participating directly in their own welfare provision? Surely this is to be welcomed? As always, the devil is in the details of who participates. Blue Labour’s vision of strong and united local communities looking after themselves has the same naiveté as that at the heart of the Coalition’s plans for a ‘Big Society’. As nef ’s report Cutting It argued: “there is nothing in the Government’s plans to encourage the inclusion of outsiders, to break down barriers created by wealth and privilege, to promote collaboration rather than competition between local organisations, or to prevent those that are already better off and more dominant from flourishing at the expense of others.”

Full article: http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/2011/07/27/feeling-blue-...

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