“A co-op” author Jesse Norman (new MP for Hereford / South Herefordshire) says “is a form of organisation in which, very crudely, control is distributed not one share-one vote, as in a company. but one member-one vote. This gives it an intrinsically democratic character. It makes it hard to raise external capital, and it means a co-op always needs strong leadership on pain of becoming a talking shop. But it also makes co-ops extremely stimulating, energising and often entrepreneurial places to work.”
In a charming launch speech yesterday evening, Jesse likened the Big Society to blind men and elephants… and followed up to say that the elephant in this case was not Anne Widdicombe.
No… no Big Society dance. Please.