ANALYSIS: Big questions for the big society [Rick Muir]

The centrepiece of the Conservative manifesto, out today, is the pledge to promote a Big Society, which the Tories counter-pose to what they characterise as Labour’s Big State. The Big Society theme serves two electoral functions: first, it contrasts the Conservative approach with what they see as Labour’s inherent statism and, second, it is intended to contrast David Cameron’s Conservatives with Mrs Thatcher’s, who famously remarked that there was ‘no such thing as society’. All of this owes much to the self-proclaimed Red Tory Philip Blond.



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