Of course, mutualism cannot be prescribed by government. By its very nature, it is driven by and relies on the commitment and active participation of the people involved. Communities need to be able to choose mutualism as and when they see fit. What government can do is sponsor and provide a legal framework that makes mutualism a practical proposition in the delivery of any public service. How we make that come about will be top of the agenda for the new, independent Commission on Ownership, which I am announcing tomorrow.
Chaired by Will Hutton,
Willy eh? The bloke who has been running the Work Foundation? That place which has been eating its capital to feed the salaries of the top management?
Here\’s the first way that they will go wrong. They\’ll fail to grapple with what \”ownership\” actually means.
Whether it\’s employee or customer owned…..can the owners sell it?
If not then they don\’t own it do they? And anyone really think that they\’re going to let an NHS Trust put itself on the block?