In the recommendations of those arguing for greater equality (like the Equality Trust, which I recently joined), cooperatives crop up a lot. Then I rediscovered the Cooperative Party, which is affiliated to the Labour Party. It’s most high profile MP is Ed Balls.
So, from an economic point of view, what do we think of cooperatives? The solution to all our problems?
And, from a political point of view, what do we think about the Cooperative Party? Worth joining? Labour but with more of an explicit committment to equality? Something that could grow big enough to go it alone? Or inhabiting a niche but never likely to break out of it?