It is a good time to be a co-operative. And our members are in the spotlight like never before.

Today, the Guardian dedicates an editorial to the praise of Manchester United Supporters Trust. Through Supporters Direct, our federal member, the network of trusts and the campaign for community ownership of sport is growing and urgent.

Yesterday, the Plunkett Foundation, again our federal member, was mentioned on the Archers…

The last time I was involved in anything that got on the Archers, we had seventy thousand people converge on Birmingham to lobby the G7 leaders to cancel the debts of the poorest countries. Which they did (perhaps I should listen in more often).

But you know the media. I wait for the first editorials denouncing co-operative businesses – perhaps only then will we really have arrived!


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