May 7th, 2015
Episode 484 of 1761 episodes
Before his election in 2010, Prime Minister David Cameron encapsulated his vision for British politics in the term ‘Big Society’, pledging to devolve both decision-making power and civic services to the local level in what he described as a politics of the common good. The concept of 'the common good' has now become a hot issue in the UK election campaign. But what does it mean? . Is it simply an interchangeable term for fairness, or for that ever-elusive notion of social capital praised by ‘Third Way’ politicians like Tony Blair and Bill Clinton and Mark Latham? Or is the reason we have little clarity about 'the common good' because we have come to only ever think about civil life in political terms?