Politics Podcast

ABC Radio National

News & Politics

Michelle Grattan reports from Canberra each weekday on Breakfast. Counterpoint and Late Night Live dip into all sides of political commentary and, if it's serious news, it'll be discussed all over RN from RN Drive to Sunday Extra.


The Minefield - 2015-05-07

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?

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