The Government reportedly feels that its Big Society programme has stalled. It is not surprising. The coalition’s idea of the Big Society often seems to involve no more than getting a few people round a table to discuss how the Government can design the Big Society. Philip Blond comes up with some interesting and radical ideas, but he is too suspicious of the free economy which is a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for a Big Society.
The Big Society section of Number 10’s website  talks about the importance of transferring power from Whitehall to individuals but the concrete action points send a different message. Key programmes involve the government establishing a “Big Society Bank”, a “National Citizens’ Service”, and government funding for relevant initiatives. The Bi