I would do anything for the Guardian…but I won’t do that

September 8th, 2014|

It’s democracy Jim, but not as we know it

August 29th, 2014|

Policy Governance and Co-operatives Presentation

January 17th, 2014|

I was due to be in Manchester today to give a talk on the article on Policy Governance I wrote here. Sadly, a combination of dodgy drains at home and ill children meant I’ve not been able to attend, so I’ve recorded what I was going to say and put it here – hopefully they’ll manage to connect the session to this post… […]

Treating the Local Media Patient with Leeches

November 18th, 2013|

Just written a quick blog for Media Reform UK on Theresa May’s comments blaming the BBC for the crisis in local media. Reproduced below so as to keep all my stuff in one place. […]

Storify on Spanish Member-Owned Clubs

August 7th, 2013|

We need to talk about governance

July 19th, 2013|

I’ve just had an article published in the Guardian’s Social Enterprise Hub on Policy Governance (I’ve copied the original prior to subbing below this piece).

It’s something I came across when doing a piece of work for a client who wanted to examine different ways to run their football club democratically. I came to the conclusion that it was the missing system I’d fruitlessly spent 10 years looking for when at Supporters Direct (you can read that report here).


The Strange Rebirth of Co-operative Britain

April 2nd, 2013|

I was asked to write a piece for Economia magazine (the in-house journal of the Institute for Chartered Accountants of England and Wales) on the growth in recent years of the co-operative and mutual sector. The piece is on their site, and is reproduced below.

It’s not my Party (and I should choose what happens to my co-op money if I want to)

January 30th, 2013|

The Guardian have published a piece I’ve written on how the Co-operative movement engages in politics, focussing on the link with Labour via the Co-operative Party.



How to make the BBC democratic

November 13th, 2012|

I did a post some months back over at Our Beeb on how the BBC could become accountable to licence payers, and today, Tessa Jowell has said something similar in the Telegraph.

When I wrote the piece, it was all a touch theoretical since the BBC’s governance wasn’t a live issue. (update – The Independent’s Steve Richards suggests there might be a link) […]

Co-operative Cinemas?

July 24th, 2012|

The Guardian have published a piece I’ve written on Co-operative cinemas over on their Social Enterprise Network site. It was fun to write, learning about the world of cinema distribution and exhibiting. […]

The British Broadcasting Co-operative

May 18th, 2012|

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[author_info]I’ve just done a piece on how the BBC could become the British Broadcasting Co-operative, and why it should, as part of OpenDemocracy’s Our Beeb series. It draws on the references I make in my pamphlet on media ownership to the BBC.[/author_info] [/author]

Now is absolutely the right moment to be querying the BBC’s governance. Just because people who beat up on the BBC seem to have an ulterior motive, and just because the cultural life of the UK would be much worse without it, that’s no reason for the rest of us to give it a free pass from scrutiny. […]

A funny kind of democracy

May 17th, 2012|

Back in the day when I was at Supporters Direct, I set up a google RSS feed to feature any mention of ‘supporters trust’, and it brought me this article on Monday, about events down at Exeter.

This post isn’t about the League Two salary cost management protocol. It’s about  what is meant by fan democracy. […]

Would your football club be better run as a co-operative?

May 9th, 2012|

[author][author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]I’ve done a piece for  The Guardian on football clubs and co-operation, making the case for why it’s the best form for them to take, what progress has been made in the last decade, and what challenges they still face to become a successful part of the landscape.[/author_info] [/author] […]

Co-operation and Media Regulation

April 16th, 2012|

[box type=”info”] Visitors landing here from Roy Greenslade’s piece in the Guardian about my report on media co-operatives should visit this page first![/box]


[author][author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]I was very kindly asked by Anthony Zacharzewski of The Democratic Society to contribute a piece to their series on media regulation. My research on media co-operatives is mainly focussed on the how they meet the challenge of the digital age, but there’s an important dimension in respect of regulating the media for the public interest. [/author_info] [/author]

In his famous mea culpa, Alan Greenspan told the US Congress that there was a flaw at the heart of his vision of capitalism, which was that he hadn’t expected shareholders of companies to be unable to ensure their own interests were protected; in his world, such self-interest would serve to provide the wider interest in true neo-liberal fashion. […]

Co-operative Business Studies

December 2nd, 2011|