"Big Society is not owned by the Tory Party - it is for all of us. And yes the State is not the answer to everything. Its also about people as individuals and communities. I am not a top down man, but a grassroots up enthusiast.
Remember the state is more often than not controlled and manipulated by corporate elites."
My response was:
"Beg to differ. By using this Tory phrase we are giving this government kudos. It is a phrase that even Tories are increasingly embarrassed to use.
The State is what we make it. Often it is our only defence against predatory and unaccountable multi-national corporations."
In addition it is worth noting that as "a grassroots up enthusiast" he fails to appreciate that the phrase originates among Tory spin doctors and the nudge ideology - TOP DOWN! What happened, anyway, to the Green mantra: Small is beautiful?
Among many others, Jonathan Freedland highlights the problem with the concept of BIG SOCIETY in today's Guardian: