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David Miliband shows Labour how they should respond to the PM's 'Big Society' initiative
08/03/2011 09:55:00

Interesting article behind The Times' paywall today by David Miliband. For those who don't subscribe, here's a brief excerpt:

"When left-of-centre parties ... make government an ally in wealth creation and a defence against the abuse of private power, they turn the Right’s antipathy to government on its head ... When we fight elections as public sector innovators as well as private sector reformers, we live out our origins as people wary of state power as well as market power. We shouldn’t be afraid of the Big Society; we should claim it for our own and show how we can build it better"

Although you wouldn't expect me to agree with every word, it seems to me undeniable that this approach would have a much better prospect of success than Labour's current approach ("The Big Society is just cover for cuts") which:

a) is demonstrably untrue - David Cameron was talking about the Big Society long before the need for cuts became clear; and

b) ignores the fact that many people want to see society strenghtened and don't equate that with having a bigger government.

With every day that passes, it's becoming clearer that Labour chose the wrong brother.

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On 09/03/2011 09:43:00 Jim wrote:
"ignores the fact that many people want to see society strenghtened and don't equate that with having a bigger government."

Spot on! (except for spelling...!!)

Personally I think the reverse is true - overbearing government snuffs out genuine society.




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