Interesting article by Carl Rowlands on the ambivalent relationship between the British Labour Party and the Co-operative Party and the wider co-operative movement.
The Co-operative Party is a "partner" and "sister party" to labour and its members include some of Labour's senior figures.
Rowlands makes the point that there appears to be some philosophical overlap between the co-operative philosophy, "mutualism" and the Big Society ideas of the current government.
The devil, however, is in the detail. Which is why the relationship is an uneasy one.
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