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The return of the Big Society? Why David Cameron’s long abandoned ideal is due for a comeback

Previously a Trojan horse for the small state, 2020 is showing how the Big Society should have worked all along

By Julian Baggini  

Photo: Eddie Keogh/PA Archive/PA Images

Do you remember the Big Society? Despite being mocked as vacuous, vague or both, David Cameron’s big idea was at the heart of the 2010 Conservative manifesto and survived into the coalition agreement with the Liberal Democrats. In his book The Big Society, the Conservative MP and philosopher Jesse Norman wrote that “Most political slogans have a life-cycle of days to hours. Yet it is already clear that the idea of the Big Society is…

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