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My idea of the year

By Jesse Norman MP  

The big society:

It has been covered at length in Prospect and elsewhere, but, having written a book on the topic, I still think the most interesting idea of 2010 was the Big Society, which brilliantly redefined the centre ground in British politics.

Why? First, because it criticised left and right alike, tapping into public unease about the extension of the state, the erosion of human values, the rise of political ideology and partisanship, and the malign effects of market fundamentalism. It talked…

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