Author Archive for Lord Bates

The Essential Ecology of the ‘Big Society’

Lord Bates

There is a paradox at the heart of the ‘Big Society’ message namely that it can be identified as desirable by legislators, but it cannot be legislated for. For if we legislate for the Big Society then it is no longer society which expands but the state. People comply with rules because they are law-abiding,…

The Olympic Truce–London 2012

Lord Bates

  In all the preparations for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games the Olympic Truce is often overlooked and yet Truce was at the heart of the ancient ideal of the Olympic Games. I believe that London 2012 provides a perfect platform to rediscover that ancient ideal and to light a torch of peace…