The little society

logoMy article for The Economist (17 February 2011) on recent moves toward the establishment of new parish councils, particularly in London. I suggested this offered an example of the government’s long hoped-for ‘big society’ in action, but also challenged the agenda by appearing to be an extension of the state.


For most Londoners, parish councils exist only in the fictional villages of Dibley or Ambridge, the settings of television and radio shows depicting the sleepy lives of rural folk, where council business rarely extends beyond organising the annual village fete. That might be about to change…

Read the full article on The Economist website.

Image: Sue Brown