What does the word “community” mean? Applying the same scepticism that MCFly uses for t’Council in #Manchester

mossgardensThe “MossGardens” people have put out a glossy flyer which you can see to your right. After months during which not much appears to have happened at the site, (the far end of the old Stagecoach bus depot), they are having an action day, on Sunday 31st August. The Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee of the City Council is visiting the site soon. In fact, on Sunday 31st August.

With luck the members of the Committee, who did a pretty good job on the climate report last Tuesday, will ask whoever turns up a few obvious questions;

  • How often have you come down in the last month? Or is this in fact your first time here?

  • What have you got out of being involved?

  • When will you next be coming down?

We shall see.

MCFly says: I (Marc Hudson) thought seriously about not writing this. I know that it will be perceived as some sort of partisan attack because I am involved in the Moss Side Community Allotment. (And to be clear EVERYTHING I have said here is my own personal view and in NO WAY claims to represent the opinion of any other people involved in MSCA.)

So why write? Well, because the word community is being steadily leached of its meaning. That sows cynicism, not flowering plants, and should be challenged.  The same scepticism that is applied to the rhetoric that Manchester City Council spews out should also be applied to “civil society”.  Or am I missing something?


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